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Goa SARS case may be a false alarm
Sandesh Manohar Prabhudesai in Panaji | April 17, 2003 20:25 IST
The first case of SARS in India may be a false alarm.
Tests done earlier at the Institute of Virology, Pune on the samples were positive.
The chief minister said the incubation period of seven to†ten days is already over and the patient -- a young marine engineer -- appears hale and hearty. His wife, who had been to Hong Kong and Singapore with him, has also not shown any symptoms of SARS, he added.
The marine engineer and his wife†had been on a holiday trip to Hong Kong and Singapore between March 26 and 30. He stayed in Mumbai for three days before returning to Goa.
Since he was running slight temperature, his doctor referred him to the Goa Medical College in view of the global SARS alert and he was admitted to GMC's SARS ward.
He was discharged on April 10 and was put in isolation at his residence at Dhawali in Ponda taluka awaiting reports from Pune.
The reports came on Wednesday night. Since the tests were positive he was readmitted to the SARS ward in GMC.
The press release said the government decided to release the name of the patient in public interest, so that anyone who had come in contact with him would approach appropriate medical authorities.
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