Scientists in Singapore have identified new symptoms of a coronavirus-induced disease that can create a false picture of a patient having dengue fever. The results of the study by doctors and experts from several local hospitals and research centers are published on Tuesday by the Straits Times.
“The patient comes in with a typical clinical picture for dengue — high temperature and a rash. At the same time, it does not have the usual COVID-19 (a disease caused by a new coronavirus) symptoms — runny nose, cough, sore throat,” the report notes. Moreover, sometimes laboratory tests “can show false positive results on dengue,” the scientists admitted.
According to them, “it is now extremely important to make an accurate diagnosis for the coronavirus since incorrect treatment can pose a danger not only to the patient but also to others.” Recently, there have been two similar cases in Singapore where dengue was initially diagnosed, but the situation has not improved over time, and only after that test were carried out that confirmed the presence of the coronavirus.
Since the beginning of 2020, there have been more than 3.6 thousand cases of this tropical fever. However, the situation with dengue in neighboring countries is much more difficult. For example, in Indonesia, more than 14.7 thousand cases were recorded in the first two months, and 94 people died.