India’s sixth SARS case surfaces in Calcutta

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  • Monday, 28 Apr 2003

CALCUTTA: India reported its sixth case of SARS in the crowded eastern city of Calcutta, health officials said yesterday. 

A 42-year-old man, who recently returned from a business trip to China, tested positive for the flu-like disease and was placed in isolation at a hospital here, said West Bengal director of health services Provakar Chatterjee. 

Health authorities in West Bengal have also quarantined the patient's family at their home in a suburb here, Chatterjee said. He did not say for how long they would remain in quarantine. 

Chatterjee said the man arrived from Bombay on April 18 after a visit to China, where at least 122 people have died of SARS. 

Some doctors in India have complained that authorities were treating SARS too casually and warned that the disease could spread swiftly among the country's more than one billion people, most of whom have inadequate healthcare. 

Calcutta, which has a crumbling medical infrastructure, can barely meet the basic healthcare requirements of its population of 10 million. 

In the western Indian city of Pune, health authorities said that four SARS patients in a hospital were responding well to treatment and could be released from hospital later this week. 

“However, after they leave the hospital, they will be quarantined at home for another week at least,'' said Pune director of health services Baburao Gaikwad. – AP 

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