9 Pune hospital staff contracts SARS
Nine hospital staff were diagnosed with SARS cases in Pune. They had treated a man, his mother and sister of SARS recently.india Updated: Apr 30, 2003 22:38 IST
Nine hospital staff were diagnosed with SARS cases in Pune on Wednesday. They had treated a man, his mother and sister who were diagnosed with the atypical pneumonia.
The man, who had travelled from Indonesia to attend his sister's wedding, is believed to have infected his family.
This takes the total number of people infected by the virus in the country to at least 19 since mid-April.
"They were kept under surveillance since they were treating the people in hospital affected by the virus," Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told a news conference, referring to the nine new cases.
He said the nine were showing no typical SARS symptoms such as cough or fever.
There have been no deaths in the country from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARAS), which appeared in China late last year and has spread to at least 25 countries, killing more than 370 people and infecting nearly 6,000.
The first SARS case in India was diagnosed on April 17 in the coastal state of Goa and so far all the cases have been mild. SARS patients are being treated in Maharashtra, New Delhi and West Bengal.
First Published: Apr 30, 2003 00:00 IST