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An Indian Bride with signs of SARS

by Medindia Content Team on  April 23, 2003 at 12:27 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
An Indian Bride with signs of SARS
In a report an Indian bride and some family members were confirmed as SARS patients. The doctors quarantined the groom, the wedding guests and the priest. This report forms the first major occurrence of SARS in India. The bride's brother who is India's second confirmed SARS case victim tested positive for the illness after traveling to Maharashtra state from Jakarta via Singapore for the ceremony. He was screened twice for SARS during the journey. The man, a cloth merchant based in the Indonesian capital, admitted himself to a hospital in Pune four days after he developed symptoms. He was tested positive for SARS after two tests, and doctors were studying whether he could have spread the disease to anyone because of the delay in reporting the symptoms.

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Within hours on monday, his mother and sister were also confirmed to have the highly contagious respiratory illness. Even though the bride was taken away from the Methodist church in Pune immediately after the ceremony, all were kept in isolation in a hospital.

Approximately 25 guests were also being quarantined in private apartments where the guests had been lodged for the wedding. No one has died of the disease in India, but Singapore has reported 16 SARS deaths and the disease has been spread previously by air travelers.
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