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54 screened for SARS in Karnataka

They had interacted with a CEO of an Indo-Malaysian joint venture whose blood sample tested positive for the SARS virus.

india Updated: May 11, 2003 00:03 IST

Nearly 54 people, who interacted with a CEO of an Indo-Malaysian joint venture whose blood sample tested positive for the SARS virus, have been subjected to medical examination by health department authorities at Manipal, a top state government doctor said on Saturday.

"Nearly 54 persons, including doctors and nurses who have interacted with the CEO during his stay, have been identified and their blood samples screened and X-ray taken by doctors," Karnataka SARS Nodal Officer Dr RK Kumaraswamy told PTI here.

He said authorities in Sikkim and Nepal have been informed to screen three doctors who were in contact with the CEO during their visit for a conference in Manipal and had gone to these locations on their work.

The CEO, who is also a medical practitioner, arrived from Malaysia with a transit halt in Sri Lanka last month and has been the first person to test positive for the SARS virus in Karnataka.

Kumaraswamy said the CEO, who is quarantined at his house, has been asked to remain indoors till a second report from the Pune-based National Institute of Virology is received next week.

First Published: May 10, 2003 00:00 IST