Assam is testing its first suspected case of coronavirus in a man who returned from Kerala after staying in the coastal state for four months. Till now, two people from Kerala have tested positive for the virus in India.
The 34-year-old Morigaon resident, who is being treated at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), checked in to the hospital on the night of February 1st, 2020 after he was screened at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati upon his arrival from Kerala.
The patient will remain in quarantine until test results determine whether he has the disease. It will take at least 36 to 48 hours to determine whether the patient tests positive to coronavirus.
The medical team deployed at the LGBI Airport detected fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and rash all over the man’s body. The patient was already undergoing “primary treatment” in Kerala.
The man was working at Kollam in Kerala with the Railways. The medical team at LGBI Airport referred him to the GMCH for “future evaluation”. An isolation ward has already been set up at the GMCH.
It may be mentioned that coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, cough and breathing difficulties.
As per the guidelines issued by the government, two ambulances will be kept on stand-by outside the LGBI airport for an emergency.
Meanwhile speaking to a local TV channel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Pijush Hazarika said that the GMCH doctors are closely monitoring the patient.
Hazarika also said that the patient have chances of getting infected with chickenpox or dengue instead of coronavirus.
The Minister also appealed the citizens to not panic as the government has taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of the virus.