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First SARS case in Tamil Nadu reported

Tamil Nadu has now come under the shadow of the dreaded SARS, with a 34-year-old patient proving positive in CMC hospital.

india Updated: Apr 30, 2003 12:36 IST

Tamil Nadu state has now come under the shadow of the dreaded SARS, with a 34-year-old patient, Ezhumalai, proving positive in the Christian Medical College hospital in Vellore.

The results of the naso-pharyngal swab, blood and urine samples of the patient, admitted at the hospital five days ago with symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, showed that the patient has been tested positive for SARS, District Collector, Dr AC Mohandas said.

The samples were sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, he said adding that a separate SARS ward would soon be opened at the TB sanatorirum at Pennathur near Tamil Nadu.

Mask, apron and other facilities would be provided there, the collector said.

Ezhumalai, who was working in Singapore as a driver, returned here a fortnight ago and got admitted at the isolation ward of the CMC on April 24.

Meanwhile, Dr Kurian Thomas, Professor of Medicine, who is treating Ezhumalai said that the patient's condition was now normal. "His fever has come down", he said.

All the 14 family members of Ezhumalai have now been quarantined in their house at Sandhavasal.

First Published: Apr 30, 2003 00:00 IST