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Deadly Combo, COVIDENGUE in Reynosa

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Dr. Carlos Morales

By Dr. Carlos Morales

Two weeks ago, I called my friend Dr. Andres Perez Zuniga, a physician who practices across the border in Reynosa, Tamaulipas to check on him.

He told me that, as expected, the COVID-19 pandemic was very prevalent there. He also noted that in addition to COVID-19 they were also having an epidemic of dengue and Chikungunya.

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Dengue and Chikungunya are two febrile illnesses caused by viruses transmitted by mosquitoes. Of the two, dengue can be deadly. 40 years ago, I lost a patient of mine because of it.

Chikungunya is less deadly (1:1000) but is really debilitating (Chikungunya in Swahili means “to be bent over” due to the stooped posture that people adapt because of the pain).

The possibility that a person with COVID could have a combined infection with any of these other two concerned me. Sure enough, my colleague Dr. Francisco Medina sent me today Mexican literature with a report of 4 people infected with “COVIDENGUE” (simultaneous infection of COVID + dengue), one of them a 7-year-old child and a 29-year-old man who died.

In addition to the recognized preventive measures for COVID-19 avoid being superinfected by dengue or Chikungunya by avoiding still residual water from Hannah, using mosquito repellents, and by wearing long sleeve shirts when working outside.

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