New symptoms of coronavirus, including dengue fever
March 10 2020 12:14 PM
Coronavirus

QNA/Singapore

Scientists in Singapore have discovered new symptoms of Covid-19, where the patient is suspected of suffering from dengue fever.

The doctors said the two cases highlighted the importance of recognising false-positive dengue results in patients with Covid-19. Those with dengue typically have a fever and a rash, but unlike Covid-19 patients, they do not have such respiratory symptoms as a runny nose, cough or sore throat, according to the Singapore-based English-language Newspaper Straits Times.

‘Failing to consider Covid-19 because of a positive dengue rapid test result has serious implications not only for the patient but also for public health,’ said the authors.

‘We emphasise the urgent need for rapid, sensitive and accessible diagnostic tests for Sars-CoV-2, which need to be highly accurate to protect public health.’ Sars-CoV-2 is the new coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease.

Global infections with the new coronavirus, Covid-19 which first appeared in central China at the end of last year, exceeded 110 thousand infections, and more than 3,800 deaths. The majority of cases were recorded in China, but the disease has spread rapidly in different regions of the world, with more than 7,000 infections in South Korea and Italy, more than 6,000 in Iran, and hundreds in more than 100 other countries. (QNA)




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