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Dengue fever antibodies might contribute to Thailand’s low Covid-19 count

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Antibodies from dengue fever might raise immunity against Covid-19, according to study done in Brazil. It suggests a correlation between the mosquito transmitted illness and the coronavirus, citing lower Covid-19 cases in areas with past dengue outbreaks, like south east Asia. Thai doctor Manoon Leechawengwongs says this might be why Thailand has significantly less Covid-19 cases than other countries around the world.

Since the start of the outbreak, many scientists have been confused by south east Asia’s generally low infection rate and posited various theories about some local “immunity”.

Thailand has more than 100,000 dengue patients every year, he says, adding that many locals take the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis to prevent dengue. There have been 3,545 Covid-19 cases in Thailand with 59 deaths and 3,369 recoveries.

Duke University professor Miguel Nicolelis led the study and recently spoke to Reuters reporters about his findings. He says the study first focused on the spread of Covid-19 in Brazil and they came across the correlation between dengue and the coronavirus by accident. The study says areas in Brazil with high numbers of dengue infections had a comparatively low number Covid-19 cases while areas with low numbers of dengue cases had a high number of Covid-19 cases.

“This striking finding raises the intriguing possibility of an immunological cross-reactivity between dengue’s Flavivirus serotypes and SARS-CoV-2 … If proven correct, this hypothesis could mean that dengue infection or immunization with an efficacious and safe dengue vaccine could produce some level of immunological protection (against the coronavirus).”

Miguel adds past studies found that those with dengue antibodies can falsely test positive for Covid-19.

“This indicates that there is an immunological interaction between two viruses that nobody could have expected, because the two viruses are from completely different families.”

The study was posted on MedRxiv, but has not yet been peer reviewed. Manoon warns that Thai people should still abide by coronavirus prevention measures to prevent a possible second wave.

Click HERE to read the study on how dengue fever may have influenced the spread of Covid-19 in Brazil.

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    Frank Leboeuf

    September 28, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Would chikungunya count as well? Caught it Indonesia (Bali), and my father caught it a year later in Phuket.

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    Diego

    September 28, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Yes, you know what else contributes to Thailand’s low Covid-19 count? Not testing!

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      Issan John

      September 28, 2020 at 7:03 pm

      Wrong, 100%.

      Thailand conducts few Covid-19 specific tests in comparison to some countries, but has widespread temperature screening which is a reliable indicator as is the low number of recorded deaths from Covid-19 and the markedly low increase in overall deaths – all verifiable and comparable.

      Credit where credit’s due, Thailand and the sensible attitude of the Thais in general is why the count andcthe death rate are so commendably low – just as the reverse applies in the West.

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        Whiro

        September 28, 2020 at 9:28 pm

        widespread temperature screening ??

        I haven’t seen a single 7 eleven (Thai fave store) that does temp screening in Chiang Mai . . .

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          James Pate

          September 29, 2020 at 5:52 am

          7-11s in Bangkok are quite strict about it.

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            Martin

            September 29, 2020 at 9:54 am

            Same in Phuket, can’t believe Chiang Mai doesn’t

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          Issan John

          September 29, 2020 at 11:08 am

          I’m more than surprised about the apparent lack of testing in Chiang Mai, at 7-11 or anywhere else.

          I live near a small town in Loei and both 7-11’s checked temperatures for maybe six months, until a month ago, as did the local market in the town which was cordoned off to allow only one way in / out (the market in the village was closed for about three months), as did the bank and the bus station.

          In Loei city Big ‘C, Tesco/Lotus, Makro, HomePro and the banks have been checking everyone for months and they still are although 7-11’s seem to have stopped their checks.

          Nobody objects, and everyone tries to be sensible and many / most wear face masks to protect others.

          In the West …..

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        Diego

        September 29, 2020 at 3:10 am

        What a joke. Temperature screening = testing? Thailand only tests people arriving to the country. And Thai people test positive when travel abroad.

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          Issan John

          September 29, 2020 at 11:35 am

          “Yes” – temperature screening is the simplest initial check for Covid-19, as the WHO confirm.

          Not a “joke”, just a fact.

          … and “no”, Thailand doesn’t “only tests people arriving to the country” – that is totally untrue. It also tests those showing symptoms, as well as others depending on the circumstances – the ‘DJ’ checked in prison, who tested positive, is an obvious example.

          … and “Thai people test positive when travel abroad” may well be true, but the numbers are minimal and Thailand is generally recognised as a “low risk” country – few Western countries are, other than NZ and Aus.

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      Issan John

      September 28, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      I’m a little dubious about the conclusion jumped to based on little more than guesswork and possible coincidence.

      Comparatively few of the population have had dengue fever / have antibodies – at 100,000 cases a year that’s a maximum of 10% of the population, possibly no more than 5% since dengue fever antibodies only give immunity to the particular strain of dengue fever caught not general immunity.

      If there was any cross immunity, therefore, it could only apply to that 10% (max) of the population so wouldn’t account for the figures being considerably better than 10% lower than other countries.

      That’s basic schoolboy maths.

      I’m also surprised the professor who led the study suggested that “immunization with an efficacious and safe dengue vaccine could produce some level of immunological protection (against the coronavirus)” since there is no such vaccine – it doesn’t exist.

      If there is any correlation between the two, then given the priority in finding a vaccine and cure for Covid-19 rather than one for dengue fever it would seem more likely that an “efficacious and safe” Covid-19 vaccine could provide some protection against dengue fever rather than the other way round.

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      Martin

      September 29, 2020 at 9:57 am

      Well if you don’t feel safe here then LEAVE

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        Issan John

        September 29, 2020 at 11:39 am

        No idea why you’d suggest that, since I’m clearly saying that I feel far safer here than I would in the West and that the sensible attitude of the Thais is the reason why.

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    John

    September 28, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    Do some critical journalism for once. Statistacically it’s simply not possible that there is almost no Covid-19 in Thailand. Dengue antibodies? Yes right, that’s why there is hardly any Covid in Brasil.

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    Alex

    September 28, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    It’s all a joke! You idiots need to wake up! Pandemic my ass! Morons!

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    Ashley

    September 28, 2020 at 11:58 pm

    Interesting. The low levels of COVID in Thailand are surprising given that it was the first country to record a case outside China and there was a huge volume of flights between Wuhan and Thailand in January leading up to the Chinese New year holiday. Prof Peter Daszak has also speculated that there could be some immunity in SE Asian countries to COVID as the virus almost certainly originated in horseshoe bats, whose eco systems span the southern China/SE Asian region, and that more than one million people are infected with (mostly harmless) novel bat coronaviruses every year in these regions/countries.

    It’s an intriguing but speculative theory that I don’t find totally convincing; more research is needed.

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    James Pate

    September 29, 2020 at 5:53 am

    It is well noted that this study is not peer reviewed yet. However, I do find it interesting.

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      Issan John

      September 29, 2020 at 11:22 am

      “Interesting” yes, agreed, but potentially quite dangerous.

      There’s no effective vaccine for dengue, only dengvax which is only recommended for those who’ve already had dengue fever.

      There’s nothing definitive to show any link to any supposed immunity – it could just as easily apply to those wearing sarongs, working in rice fields or dancing the ram-wong. There’s simply nothing in the study to show cause and effect beyond pure conjecture.

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    Issan John

    September 29, 2020 at 11:44 am

    I’d suggest the only “morons” are those who think a million confirmed deaths, with the number of deaths currently doubling every ten days in some countries such as the UK, is a “joke” rather than a pandemic.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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