Ebola in India: Nigerian quarantined in Mumbai hospital

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

Mumbai: A 32-year-old man was admitted to Jogeshwari's civic-run trauma centre after the airport authorities were informed that the man complained of fever and red eyes which showed symptoms of viral haemorrhagic fever.

The airport authorities decided to inform the BMC about it as the passenger returned from Nigeria, an Ebola-hit country via a connecting Emirates airlines flight, which showed symptoms of viral haemorrhagic fever.

The doctors at Sion hospital are monitoring the patient and have diagnosed that the patient didn't exhibit any symptoms of the deadly disease. Still, as a precautionary measure, the doctors said that the patient's blood samples will be sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune. The doctors have asked not to panic until the results are confirmed.

Earlier, a resident of Vasai was quarantined, but was later discharged as the case was dismissed as a 'false alarm' by the health officials in Maharashtra.

Further, the government has advised Indians against non-essential travel to the four West African countries such as Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, which form the epicentre of the disease.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa as an “international health emergency”.

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