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A New Probable Sars Case

 

The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) has picked up a new probable SARS case. It appears to be a single, isolated case.

The patient is currently isolated at the Communicable Disease Centre. Investigations are on-going to establish the source of infection. His contacts have largely been followed up and all of them are well. As a precautionary measure, MOH has served HQOs on his close contacts.

Chronological Events

The patient is a 27-year-old Chinese Singaporean post-doctoral student working on West Nile virus at a microbiology laboratory in the National University of Singapore (NUS).

He also does some work at the Environment Health Institute (EHI) laboratory of the National Environment Agency. He last visited the EHI laboratory on 23 August 03. He has no history of travel to previously SARS-affected areas and no known contact with SARS patients.

On 26 Aug 03, he went to work at the NUS lab and was well but he developed fever around midnight. On 27 Aug 03, he consulted a general practitioner and was given a course of antibiotics.

The fever persisted and he sought treatment at the SGH A&E on 29 Aug 03. His chest X-ray was normal. He was diagnosed to have a viral fever and discharged from the A&E. As he did not feel better, he consulted a Chinese physician on 1 Sep 03. Two days later, on 3 Sep 03, he sought treatment again at the SGH A&E and was admitted.

From the time he became unwell on midnight of 26 Aug 03 till his admission to SGH on 3 Sep 03, he remained at home apart from his two visits to SGH A&E, the GP and Chinese physician.

When he was admitted to the SGH, he complained of fever, muscle aches and joint pains, but did not have any significant respiratory symptoms. He developed a dry cough after admission.

Three serial chest X-rays at SGH were all normal. However, on 8 Sep 03, when his PCR and serology test results were returned positive, the patient was transferred to the CDC for further management. He remains well.

Diagnosis

A repeat of his PCR tests was done in NUH lab today and was confirmed positive. In view of his positive PCR and serology results, MOH is treating him as a probable SARS case.

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Wednesday
10 September 2003

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