BANGKOK: A man who was diagnosed with dengue and COVID-19 has died in Thailand, director-general of the Department of Disease Control Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen said on Sunday (Mar 1).
The 35-year-old Thai man is the first person infected with the coronavirus to die in Thailand.
"The patient's death was a result of two diseases, first dengue and then this [COVID-19]. Dengue can be deadly, as we all know, and it's also endemic in our area. When combined with the emerging infectious disease, it created complications for both academic and clinical staff," said Public Health Ministry spokesperson Thaweesilp Wisanuyothin.
Speaking at a news conference, Sunwanchai said that the patient had tested negative for COVID-19 on Feb 16 after medical treatment at the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute in Nonthaburi, outside the capital Bangkok.
"After nearly a month of treatment, his lungs had already deteriorated and his heart and other internal organs had worked hard. That resulted in multi-organ failure and caused his death," Suwanchai added.
The cause of death will be further examined by the National Communicable Disease Committee. According to health officials, the patient was admitted to a private hospital on Jan 27 for dengue but transferred to the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute on Feb 5.
Thailand has reported 42 cases of COVID-19, according to the health ministry. Thirty patients have been discharged and 11 others are being treated.