The blood test report of the 32-year-old Ebola suspect who was quarantined at Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation run Jogeshwari Trauma Hospital on Sunday has brought a sigh of relief to the state and civic health officials. In less than 24-hours, the National Institute of Virology in Pune where the samples were sent, has confirmed that the Vasai resident has not got the Ebola virus infection.
The patient, who was returning from Nigeria- one of the four African nations to be affected by the virus, had fever, runny nose and was immediately taken to Jogeshwari Trauma centre and quarantined. Dr Mangala Gomare, head of epidemiology department, BMC who is looking into the healthcare set up to deal with Ebola in the city, said: “The Ebola virus infection report has come negative. Quarantining him was a precautionary step as he had symptoms close to Ebola virus infection. However, he did not get fever after his admission in the hospital." Dr Gomare said that now that the patient has tested negative, he will be discharged soon.
The patient, is the first passenger to be quarantined soon after he landed in Mumbai. The Ebola suspect patient, a resident of Vasai, arrived to Mumbai via Dubai airport from Nigeria-. Nigeria is severely hit by Ebola virus which has killed 1,427 people in West Africa. The ebola virus can stay in the body without manifesting for of upto 21 days. It spreads through body fluids of an infected person like blood, saliva, mucus, sweat, semen, etc. The WHO has declared ebola as a public health emergency of international concern earlier this month.