CHENNAI: In a suspected case of Ebola, a 21-year-old lab technician from Ariyalur district, who arrived from Nigeria, was admitted in government hospital on Tuesday.
Sources said K Balamurugan (21) of Sendurai, Ariyalur taluk, who was working as a lab technician in a hospital at Lagos, Nigeria, landed at the Chennai airport to go to his hometown on Monday night. With a special medical team at airport screening passengers arriving from West African countries where the spread of Ebola virus has been reported, Balamurugan was detained after they found him with symptoms of fever.
He was admitted in the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital where his blood sample was collected for medical tests. Doctors said the sample has been sent to the National Institute of Virology and that results are expected in a couple of days following which further treatment would be decided.
“He had been in Nigeria for over 3 months. He had eight hours of fever during his flight journey. He is in the isolated ward and is being monitored by a separate team of doctors and health workers. We are checking his blood count and functioning of liver and kidney,” said Dr Ragunandan, Deputy medical superintendent at the hospital.
Balamurugan is the second person, who arrived from a West African country and was admitted to the government hospital on suspicion of Ebola. Earlier, a 25-year-old man, native of Theni district, who arrived from Guinea, was admitted at the hospital in August. He was later discharged as he showed no signs of the virus.