A 29 year-old man, who was kept at the IGI Airport isolation facility for two days for showing Ebola symptoms upon his arrival from Nigeria and brought to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on Monday morning, has been tested negative for the virus.
A statement released by Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan late in the night said, “A traveller from Nigeria manifesting symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection at the IGI Airport on Saturday was taken to the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and tested for Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). He tested negative.”
Medical superintendent of RML Dr H K Kar told The Indian Express that the patient, who belongs to Saharanpur in UP, has tested negative for the antigen-capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for the Ebola virus on Monday, but the reports for confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were awaited. RML has been identified for treatment and management of any case of Ebola.
Dr Kar further said, “The patient self-reported to the airport health officers after he landed in New Delhi. He had been showing Ebola symptoms, including fever and diarrhoea, when he was in Nigeria. He was rushed to the hospital and admitted in the isolation ICU in accordance with the isolation guidelines.”
The doctor said the patient’s blood samples had been sent to the laboratory of the National Centre for Disease Control as per guidelines of the Health Ministry. “We have received reports from the NCDC on the IgM ELISA tests, which are negative, but we are awaiting the results of the PCR tests.” The patient was recovering and his reported symptoms were on the decline, he said.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister asserted on Monday that no confirmed cases of the virus has been reported in India so far. “There is no reason for getting worried over the odd case of a visitor to the country arriving in an indisposed condition. We have all the mechanisms in place for prompt treatment and subsequent monitoring,” he said.
He added that two passengers —one from Guinea and the other from Liberia — who reached Chennai on August 9 “are in good health and they are under observation”.