PMC warns private hospital over delay in reporting Zika case


The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health department on Wednesday issued a warning letter to Nobel Hospital, Hadapsar for delaying reporting a Zika virus case. Samples of a 47-year-old woman undergoing treatment at the hospital were tested positive for Zika virus on June 1. However, the hospital informed the municipal corporation three weeks after the case was reported, officials said.

The civic body began surveillance in the Mundhwa area after the hospital informed the PMC about the Zika virus case. The PMC sent samples of 13 people, including a 47-year-old woman and her three family members and people living nearby, to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) for testing for Zika infection. (Representative photo)

According to PMC officials, the woman complained of fever, joint pain and headache. She was admitted to the hospital on May 31. Later, her samples were sent to a private laboratory for Tropical Fever Profile Test. The private laboratory report detected Zika virus and dengue virus in her blood serum on June 1. However, the hospital informed the PMC about the case on June 22.

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PMC health officer Dr Kalpana Baliwant said, “We have given a letter to Nobel Hospital and warned them to avoid such mistakes in future. The hospital has been told to inform PMC on priority basis if any patient is found to be suffering from any notified disease or Zika virus infection. Delay in informing PMC ultimately leads to delay in surveillance and prevention activities to prevent the spread of diseases.”

The civic body began surveillance in the Mundhwa area after the hospital informed the PMC about the Zika virus case. The PMC sent samples of 13 people, including the 47-year-old woman and her three family members and people living nearby, to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) for testing for Zika infection. On Friday, the woman's 22-year-old son's samples were tested positive for Zika.

Dr HK Sail, executive director of Noble Hospital, said, “The PMC has written to us and as per their instructions, any cases found in future will be reported to the municipal corporation on a priority basis. We regularly report notified diseases to the municipal corporation on a priority basis. However, we immediately reported this case to the PMC as a dengue-positive case. Zika virus does not fall under the notified disease category, which is why the lab might not have informed the PMC.”

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