11 Apr 2003

Suspected Fiji SARS case released after blood tests show no viral infection

10:24 am on 11 April 2003

Medical authorities in Fiji have cleared a woman suspected to be the country's first patient suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome or SARS

The woman who arrived from China through Hong Kong and South Korea, was put in medical isolation at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva after showing symptoms of SARS.

But the director of public health, Dr Lepani Waqatakirewa, says during her 48 hour isolation the woman's fever abated and her cough became less frequent.

He has told the Daily Post the patient was released after her chest x-ray did not show signs of atypical pneumonia and her blood indices were not conclusive of SARS.