Dengue-COVID-19 coinfection: the first reported case in the Philippines

Authors

  • Angyap Lyn Saipen Department of Internal Medicine, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City, Philippines
  • Bernard Demot Department of Internal Medicine, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City, Philippines
  • Lowella De Leon Department of Internal Medicine, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City, Philippines

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5365/wpsar.2020.11.3.016

Abstract

The rainy season in the Philippines is from June to October; this is when the number of dengue cases typically increases. In 2020 during this time, the world was facing the threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and dengue viral infections have similar presentations and laboratory findings, including fever and thrombocytopenia, and there have been reports of coinfection with SARS-CoV-2 and arthropod-borne virus. Here, we report a case of SARS-CoV-2–dengue virus coinfection in the Philippines in a female aged 62 years, whose early symptom was fever and who was positive for SARS-CoV-2 and positive for dengue. Early recognition of such coinfection is important so that proper measures can be taken in the management of the patient.

Author Biographies

Angyap Lyn Saipen, Department of Internal Medicine, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City, Philippines

Medical Officer III, Department of Internal Medicine, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center

Bernard Demot, Department of Internal Medicine, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City, Philippines

Internist (Infectious DIsease Specialist), Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center

Lowella De Leon, Department of Internal Medicine, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City, Philippines

Pulmonologist, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center

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Published

10-03-2021

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COVID-19: Case Report / Case Series