Ebola in India: Liberia returned Indian tests positive for Ebola in Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 18: A 26-year old Indian, who returned from Liberia, has been tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. He has been quarantined at Delhi airport at a special facility.

According to the health ministry officials, the man had already received treatment for the Ebola in Liberia and showed no symptoms at all before leaving the country. After he reached India on November 10, his semen samples were found to contain the virus, which alerted authorities to immediately isolate him.

This is the first confirmed case of Ebola in India, although the victim had contracted the virus abroad and has already been treated. In a statement the ministry said, The situation is under control and there is no need for any alarm. However, all precautions are being taken in this regard. It is a known fact, the ministry said, that during convalescence from Ebola, people continue to shed virus in body fluids for variable periods. (Read: How the Ebola virus spreads in humans)

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The statement mentioned that the victim was carrying along a certificate of medical clearance from the Liberian government. The certificate mentioned that he has successfully undergone care and treatment related to Ebola and after post treatment assessment has been declared free of any clinical signs and symptoms and confirmed negative by laboratory analysis , the official statement said quoting the Liberian document. (Read: What is the Ebola incubation period?)

According to WHO and CDC specifications, although his semen sample has been tested positive for the virus, he is deemed to be cured because his blood samples were tested negative three times. However, there are chances that he might transmit the disease through sexual route up to 90 days from time of clinical cure. The ministry added that the virus may continue to be positive in secretions like urine and semen for a longer time.

According to the officials, he will remain isolated in the special health facility of Delhi Airport Health Organization until the time his body fluids test negative and is found medically fit to be discharged, it said, insisting that the man is a treated and cured case of Ebola. (Read: 7 tips to prevent the spread of Ebola)

With inputs from PTI

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