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Nigerian woman under Ebola observation in Madurai hospital

PTI 28 Aug 2014, 7:25:15 AM IST
Madurai: A 34-year-old Nigerian woman has been kept under observation in a special separate ward, set up as a precautionary measure for monitoring suspected Ebola cases, at the Government Rajaji Hospital here.

Stating this on Wednesday, hospital officials, however, ruled out the possibility of the woman being infected with the deadly Ebola virus and said she would be discharged after prescribed days of observation.

The woman was an HIV patient and had complained of throat pain and headache. She was tested at the Anti-Retroviral Therapy unit of the hospital and admitted to the separate ward, they said.

The Central government has recently started risk categorisation of passengers from Ebola-affected countries at Indian airports as high, medium and low and said the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) is tracking all passengers carrying any amount of risk.

It had also stated that a total of 353 passengers are being tracked and most of them are in the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed more than 1,200 people since it began in December 2013.