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Press Note Viral Hemorrhagic Fever cases reported from a Private Hospital in Jodhpur

The Chief Medical Officer of Jodhpur District has informed the State Health Authorities, Jaipur, Rajasthan regarding reporting of high grade fever in five hospital functionaries working in a private hospital in Jodhpur. Two of them developed Thrombocytopenia (fall in blood platelet count) and showed hemorrhagic manifestations. One person died at this hospital on 18.01.2015 and the other person, air lifted to AIIMS, Delhi, died on 21.01.2015. Samples have been sent from these patients to National Institute of Virology, Pune for testing.

The health authorities of Gujarat and Rajasthan have been alerted for a possible diagnosis of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) and the guidelines have been shared with these states. A three-member team of experts from National Centre for Disease Control, Delhi is visiting Jodhpur, Rajasthan for outbreak investigation and providing public health support to the State health authorities.

The affected Jodhpur hospital functionaries have no travel history to Ebola affected countries. The clinical sample of the patient shifted to AIIMS and who subsequently died today has been tested negative for Ebola Virus Disease as per tests conducted at the National Centre for Disease Control, New Delhi.

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