SARS suspect arrives at Port Blair

Port Blair April 9. Panic gripped the Health Department personnel today when a tourist from Britain arrived here with high fever and a few symptoms similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Martin Richard Cook, 26, arrived by sea having contacted high fever during this journey from Kolkata. When the captain of the mainland-bound ship `MV Nicobar', signalled to the port authority of a suspected SARS case, health workers and doctors rushed to the jetty and admitted him to the G.B. Pant Government Hospital at Port Blair. Namita Ali, Director, Health Department of A&N Administration told UNI that preliminary findings suggested that the case was not a SARS case.

American tests negative

Meanwhile, an American admitted to the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai for suspected SARS has tested negative, the Maharashtra Health Minister, Digvijay Khanvilkar, said today.

As per the tests conducted, Rebecca Ralegh (23) has a para-influenza virus infection, he told the State Assembly.

The Minister said there was no need for panic in Mumbai as no SARS infection has been detected so far.