Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
A woman in Singapore has been hospitalised suffering from deadly dengue fever and the Coronavirus.
The unnamed 57-year-old was first admitted to hospital for dengue fever but medics were puzzled by the fact that she also had respiratory problems not associated with Dengue. Subsequent tests then found she was also infected with the COVID-19 virus.
As a result, all other patients who stayed in the same ward with the woman as she was treated for Dengue fever are now quarantined at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital in Singapore over COVID-19 fears.
Dengue fever has a mortality rate of between 1 per cent and 20 per cent depending on the severity when diagnosed, while the coronavirus currently in China has a mortality rate of around 2% per cent.
According to local media, the women visited the hospital on the 13th and the 15th February, after which she was admitted as a dengue fever patient in a general ward.
Only after she started developed respiratory symptoms was she tested for COVID-19 and the test results confirmed the suspicion so she was transferred to an isolation ward.
According to local media, dengue cases have been on the rise recently in the country
The number of dengue cases in the first six weeks of the year is at its highest since 2016 with more than 2000 people infected.
According to local media 84 people in Singapore have been diagnosed whit the COVID-19, while 34 people have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital.
The status of the woman’s condition is currently unclear.
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