Wednesday, August 14, 2013

#Coronavirus #MERS India - 1st Suspected Human Case - Hospitalized

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MUMBAI: In the first suspected case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the city, a Vashi resident has been quarantined at Kasturba Hospital in Chinchpokli.
The 40-year-old man was admitted to the hospital's ward 30, meant for infectious diseases, on Wednesday afternoon with complaints of fever and a progressing pneumonia (inflammation of lungs). The patient had returned to India on August 12 after spending 35 days in Saudi Arabia.

The Vashi resident had contacted a local physician in Navi Mumbai after his fever did not subside for almost a week.
While the Vashi resident had pneumonia in the left lung, he did not show any signs of breathlessness.

After the patient tested negative for H1N1, doctors suspected that he had caught the virus during his stay in Saudi Arabia. His samples have been sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune.

A civic official said, "The patient has been started on antiviral oseltamivir. He is responding well to medication." The NIV report is expected to arrive by Friday.

Executive health officer Dr Arun Bamne said the patient was doing well. "He is not critical and we have kept him in isolation for observation," he added. The patient does not live with his family, another civic official said.

The civic body assured that a treatment protocol to deal with such cases has already been put in place. "As of now, there is no clarity on the virus, its spread or treatment options. We only have to treat the patients symptomatically," the official said. Last month, the Union health ministry alerted all states about the virus though there are no immediate plans to up the surveillance. It is estimated that around 600 people come to the city from Saudi Arabia everyday 

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