Filipino patient under investigation dies but not due to COVID-19: DOH

Kristine Sabillo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2020 02:54 PM

MANILA - The Department of Health on Friday said another patient under investigation (PUI) died while confined at a hospital, but he tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

“The patient is a Filipino, 71 years old, he hails from Region 1, confined there in La Union,” said Dr. Maria Rosario Vergeire, Health assistant secretary for public health services.

Vergeire said the man was considered a PUI because he had symptoms like cough and had recently traveled to Taiwan. 

The man traveled to Taiwan on January 24, 2020 and returned on January 31 but he had cough starting January 20.

Vergeire said the man was “given supportive measures, diagnostic procedures” and tested negative of COVID-19, which has left more than 1,300 people dead in China.

The man died on February 12 due to community-acquired pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction or heart attack and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. “They were considering thoracic aortic aneurysm,” the health official said.

As of Friday, there have been a total of 455 PUIs. Of that number, 386 already tested negative for COVID-19. Only 66 PUIs have pending test results. The remaining three were those who tested positive — one of which died and the two others who already recovered.

Two other PUIs who tested negative for COVID-19 died in the past weeks. The first was an immuno-compromised patient who had HIV and the other was a patient with underlying restrictive lung disease.