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SARS victim discharged from Goa hospital

Sandesh Manohar Prabhudesai in Panaji | April 18, 2003 14:45 IST

India's first SARS victim was discharged from the Goa Medical College hospital at 5.15 pm on Friday, after top government officials confirmed that he no longer posed any threat of spreading the disease.

There is still confusion, however, whether he did carry the SARS virus on him when he returned from a holiday trip to Hong Kong and Singapore.

The Goa Medical College hospital has sent samples of his blood, serum, throat swab and urine for laboratory tests to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi for a second opinion.

Tests done earlier at the Institute of Virology, Pune on the samples were positive.

Talking to newspersons in Panaji earlier in the day, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had said:"He is cent per cent cured and there is no threat of his spreading the virus. He will be discharged in the evening, though he would remain under voluntary isolation at home for some time."

The state government and the Delhi-based NICD consulted Union Health Minister Sushma Swaraj in the morning before taking the decision, the chief minister said.

The victim, a young marine engineer, was admitted to the SARS ward of GMC on April 10 with slight temprature. Since he had just returned from a holiday trip to Hong Kong and Singapore, the doctors did not want to take chances.

He was discharged two days later and was put in voluntary isolation at his residence pending arrival of test reports from the Institute of Virology, Pune.

The reports came on April 16 andsince the tests were positive he was readmitted to the SARS ward in GMC.

The NICD team, which left for delhi in the afternoon, is also carrying blood and sputum samples of the SARS victim's wife, his father and three doctors and nurses who treated him at the GMC hospital.

The state has ordered tightening of SARS screenings at airports.



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Sub: sars

when the whole world is yet to find a vaccine for sars how is that he was cured and why is it not acknowledged by ...


Posted by venugopal





Sub: Inappropriate Action

Sars infected people should not be discharged so soon from the hospital they should be kept under a seperate cell and should be taken care ...


Posted by Litty





Sub: Very bad decision

The SARS victim should not have been discharged so early, particularly when no one is certain about the virus and epidemology. This could be a ...


Posted by Sunil Bhat





Sub: bad decision

SARS infected persdon should not be discharched so earlier.it can be threat to epeidemic in india


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Sub: Absolute Confusion!!!!

I don't understand what the Government of Goa, India is doing. I am currently pursuing higher studing in US and I hear over the radio ...


Posted by Vinil K




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