Four suspected cases of coronavirus reported in Hyderabad
Five more people under observation in Hyderabad
HYDERABAD: Four suspected cases of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) have been reported in Hyderabad. While two of their blood samples tested negative for the virus, the results of two others are still awaited. The four persons, whose blood samples have been sent for tests, had recently travelled to China and walked into the state-run Fever hospital fearing that they may have contracted the virus, which is a novel strain not seen before.
“There are no positive cases. Some people who travelled to those regions (China) had approached us with the apprehension that they may be infected, so we sent their samples (for tests). Two samples were found negative. There are two more in Fever hospital, but they are absolutely fine and just wanted to stay isolated (from the public),” said G. Srinivasa Rao, director of Telangana’s Public Health.
The Fever hospital in Hyderabad is the main public health care centre which treats viral fevers and other diseases like Dengue fever. Last week, in the fourth such incident in Mumbai, a 36-year-old man was admitted in the isolation ward of a civic-run hospital on suspicion of possible exposure to the novel coronavirus, officials said.
The man, a resident of Tardeo in south Mumbai, was kept under observation at Kasturba Hospital in the city, they said.
Prior to that, three persons were last week admitted in the hospital for possible exposure to the virus strain, after the screening of passengers was done at the Mumbai international airport.
As of January 24, some 2,700 passengers had undergone thermal screening at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport here since January 19 after an outbreak of a new coronavirus was reported in China’s Wuhan city.
No case of coronavirus infection has been found in Maharashtra yet.
The coronavirus is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, but the virus in China is a novel strain and not seen before. It has killed 26 people so far, and has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome).
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India has reported its first case of the novel coronavirus in Kerala. The patient, a student of the Wuhan University, is stable and in isolation at a hospital, a statement from the Health Ministry said.
The Chinese govt has clamped down on the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus that has claimed over 170 lives so far and infected thousands. The reach of the virus has been reported from as far as the United States. The outbreak happened last month.
Five suspected cases of Coronavirus reported in Hyderabad
The suspected patients complained of symptoms like fever, runny nose and mild fever. They immediately got admitted at Fever Hospital, Nallakunta. A total of 246 passengers from Hong Kong underwent the Thermal screening for Coronavirus in Hyderabad.
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Coronavirus: Three persons under observation in Hyderabad
hree persons, who had travelled to China but do not have symptoms of the novel Coronavirus, were under observation of medical authorities here, sources said.
The three approached the authorities in view of spread of the virus in China and they were admitted to the state-run Institute of Tropical Diseases (Fever hospital) in the city, medical sources said.
However, two of them have since been discharged after being advised to stay put at home, they said.
Follow up measures would be taken vis-a-vis the duo.
The sources also said two samples sent earlier tested negative and there were none pending for outcome.
The Fever hospital has isolation wards for providing medical care as part of measures to deal with the virus, the sources added.
Coronavirus: Three passengers from China admitted
Coronavirus: Three passengers from China admitted in Hyderabad hospital
In addition to China, Hyderabad doctors have decided to screen passengers arriving from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
On Tuesday, three new patients — a family of three returning from China — suspected to have coronavirus, were admitted in Fever Hospital, Hyderabad. The condition of these patients is said to be stable. To handle the crisis, the state-run Gandhi Hospital, Fever Hospital and Chest Hospital together have created a 100-bed isolation ward in these hospitals.
Additionally, in the wake of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak in China’s Wuhan, Hyderabad doctors have decided to screen the patients not just from arriving from China but also passengers from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
Addressing the media, Fever Hospital Superintendent, Dr K Shankar said, “We have enhanced the screening process at Hyderabad airport. We are screening patients not just from China, but also passengers coming from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. An ambulance is on standby at the airport for immediately rushing patients to any of the three hospitals.”
In addition to passengers from other countries, the superintendent said, others from the state, who have symptoms of coronavirus — like cough, running nose, fever, dehydration — can voluntarily get admitted in the hospital.
“As per the WHO guidelines and Ministry of Health guidelines, we would send the test samples of those showing symptoms of the virus to National Institute of Virology in Pune. Other tests would be carried out in Fever hospital itself,” the superintendent said.
The superintendent disclosed that the condition of the three newly admitted patients and four other patients are stable. On Monday, four persons coming from China, along with a Hyderabad resident who contacted them, were suspected to have coronavirus. However, they were tested negative. “The newly admitted patients have some symptoms. If the symptoms persist, we will send their test samples to Pune,” Dr Shankar said.