No new SARS cases in West Bengal
West Bengal reported no fresh cases of SARS today but a Bangkok-returned Indian national has been kept under observation.india Updated: May 03, 2003 14:30 IST
West Bengal reported no fresh cases of SARS today but a Bangkok-returned Indian national has been kept under observation at the designated SARS facility Infectious Diseases Hospital here after he volunteered to be examined for the corona virus.
"We have no new cases. However, one Sisir Sanketi, who returned from a 21-day trip to Bangkok and three-day stay in Malaysia, apparently suffering from tonsilitis has voluntarily got admitted to the hospital," state Director of Health Services Prabhakar Chatterjee told reporters here.
He exhibited no other symptoms of the killer pneumonia and no complications were revealed in his X-Ray report.
His blood sample had been sent to the speciality SARS lab set up at the local ICMR unit National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED), Chatterjee said.
The expert committee set up to look into SARS cases in the state met for the third time today and resolved to take a decision on discharging the two SARS victims Asitava Purakayastha and Radheshyam Gupta on Monday, he said.
"We are overcautious. The WHO-specified special N-95 masks, and about four special respirators have also been procured to make treatment fool-proof," Chatterjee said.
He said though the WHO discharge protocol recommended seven days of home quarantine after the patient is cured, the expert committee had decided to keep the patients under observation for that period in the hospital itself to be doubly sure before discharge.
The blood test reports of the two other suspected SARS patients Jamil Ahmad and Hazari Prasad were expected tomorrow, he added.