Olympian suspected of contracting Zika virus

Olympian suspected of contracting Zika virus

Olympian suspected of contracting Zika virus

The blood samples of middle distance runner Sudha Singh, who returned from the Olympics and has been admitted to a private hospital in the city following the suspicion of contracting Zika virus, would be sent to Pune for examination.

Dr B G Prakash Kumar, deputy director, Vector Borne Diseases, Department of Health and Family Welfare, said Singh has been quarantined at Fortis Hospitals, Nagarabhavi. Samples to be tested.

On Tuesday, her samples would be sent for examination to the Pune Viral Diagnostics Laboratory. The samples would also be tested for dengue and chikungunya.

“The patient landed in Bengaluru on August 20. She had fever from August 18. Singh said she had symptoms such as fever, headache, cold and body pain which are common among people affected by the virus. Since she returned from an endemic country (Brazil), she has been isolated,” he added.

The Health and Family Welfare Department officials have alerted the Kerala Health Department as one of her roommates hailed from there.

“Singh shared the room with two other athletes. We have alerted them as well,” Dr Kumar said.

Meanwhile, in checks are on at the Kempegowda International Airport to quarantine any suspected cases.

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