Mumbaikars may heave a sigh of relief! The third suspect of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in India, a passenger who arrived from Bangkok on Saturday night, has turned out to be a false alarm.
The passenger, an Indian by the name of Sardar Manjit Singh (55), is to be discharged from the Kasturba Hospital where health officials rushed him on Saturday after he complained of fever, high blood pressure and breathlessness. He is apparently suffering from hypertension and not SARS!
"Tests conducted on Mr. Singh have proved to be negative," said state health director, Mr. Subhash Salunke. He admitted that Mumbai's health department had been on edge after Mr. Singh's case had come up.
The passenger, who had gone to Bangkok on a business trip, had spent several hours in Hong Kong. He was kept under close observation in the isolation ward at Kasturba Hospital all of yesterday.
Mr. Salunke said this morning, "Mr. Singh will be discharged today, his case has turned out to be a false alarm!" Mumbai's health authorities, taking no chances, even tested all those who came in contact with Mr. Singh.