The Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on February 2nd, 2020 clarified that no symptoms of the deadly coronavirus were detected in the man, hailing from Morigaon district of Assam, who was admitted to the hospital following a screening at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport in Guwahati.
“One man of Morigaon district who works in Kerala has been sent to the GMCH. He is being treated for viral fever and rash. Neither any symptoms of coronavirus have been nor he visited places affected by the outbreak of the coronavirus. Blood samples have been sent to Pune,” GMCH Superintendent Ramen Talukdar said. The patient has been identified as Masful Alam.
The National Health Mission (NHM), Assam also clarified that the person admitted to the GMCH is infected with measles and not coronavirus.
In a statement, the NHM said, “The person admitted in GMCH with fever and skin rash symptoms is infected with measles. The person is not identified as a positive coronavirus patient and is kept under observation.” Measles is a very contagious respiratory infection. It causes body rash and flu-like symptoms.
The medical team deployed at the LGBI Airport detected fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and rash all over the man’s body during check-in screening on February 1st, 2020.
The man was working at Kollam in Kerala with the Railways. The medical team at LGBI Airport referred him to the GMCH for “future evaluation”. Till now, two people from Kerala have tested positive for the virus in India.
Earlier in the day, speaking to a local TV channel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Pijush Hazarika said that the GMCH doctors are closely monitoring the patient.
Hazarika had mentioned that the patient have chances of getting infected with chickenpox or dengue instead of coronavirus. The Minister also appealed the citizens to not panic as the government has taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of the virus.