A 25-year-old man from Theni, who arrived in Chennai by flight from Guinea, has been transferred to the isolation ward of the hospital.
A native of Theni district who arrived in Chennai from Guinea by air on Saturday is suspected to have contracted Ebola and has been placed at the isolation ward of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai.
The person who is reportedly showing symptoms of the disease has been identified as V. Parthiban, a 25-year-old native of Theni, who reportedly arrived in Chennai by Emirates flight at 8.45 p.m. on Saturday.
He was immediately transferred to the isolation ward in the Government Hospital by 1.30 a.m.
According to reporters at the Hospital, the entire corridor leading up to the Isolation Ward has been cordoned off, and all hospital staff, including nurses and ward boys, have been wearing face masks and other protective gear. The blood sample of the patient has been sent to Pune and results would take two days to arrive.
Health authorities are clarifying it is at this point just a suspected case of Ebola virus and all precautions are being taken.
The Union Health Ministry has opened a 24-hour “Emergency Operation Centre” from August 9, 2014. The helpline numbers are: 011-23061469, 23063205, 23061302.
More details are awaited.
The virus spreads through blood, sweat, semen, vomit, urine and saliva. The symptoms of the disease include fever, headache, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhoea, stomach ache, joint pain and bleeding.
To confirm the disease, the blood samples will be sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.