Nepali man suspected to have been infected with the new strain of coronavirus dischargedBlood and sputum collected from the patient, who returned from China earlier this month, will be sent abroad for tests, doctors say.
A Nepali man, who recently returned from Wuhan city of China, and was under observation at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital, Teku after he was quarantined with a mystery strain of coronavirus, has been discharged.
The 31-year-old man, who is doing his PhD in Wuhan, had returned from the Chinese city on January 5. He had visited the hospital for respiratory problems and was admitted on January 13, according to doctors.
Dr Basudev Pandey, director at Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Control Hospital, Teku, told the Post on Friday that the man was under observation for suspected infection of the new strain of coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan.
The doctors discharged the man on Friday after his health condition improved following treatment.
Doctors said the man could not be tested for coronavirus for the lack of kit.
The hospital is preparing to send the samples collected from the man abroad for tests, said a doctor at the hospital.
“We have also informed the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division under the Health Ministry and World Health Organisation’s country office in Nepal regarding the possible spread of the mystery strain of coronavirus in Nepal,” said Pandey.
The WHO last week warned about the risk of possible transmission of a new strain of coronavirus. Earlier this week, the Ministry of Health and Population deployed a medical doctor to the Tribhuvan International Airport health desk. But the country’s international airport still doesn’t have a dedicated facility to isolate a suspected passenger infected with any risky diseases.