Brazilian variant identified in an elderly patient also vaccinated with the second dose of Pfizer. This was announced by the Cervello hospital in Palermo. The Uoc of Microbiology and Virology of the Villa Sofia Hospital – Cervello, directed by Orazio Diquattro, “through gene sequencing investigation tests, with the NGS technique, has identified the Brazilian variant P.1 in Covid-19 patient. ministerial protocol was notified and transmitted to the Regional Reference Laboratory “.
The 83-year-old patient, immunosuppressed, vaccinated with Pfizer, a few days after the second dose, presented himself to the Emergency Department of the Cervello Hospital accusing clinically significant respiratory and intestinal symptoms.
Once the clinical and microbiological diagnosis with Covid-19 molecular swab had been carried out, he was promptly admitted to the Respiratory Intensive Care Unit and thanks to the synergy of First Aid, Infectious Diseases, Intensive Respiratory, Microbiology and Virology of the Palermo hospital – HUB for Covid-19 – was identified as a highly suspected patient of being a carrier of a gene variant, as it was later verified. The patient is currently undergoing intensive supportive treatment for vital functions.