Mangaluru, April 10, 2020: Dakshina Kannada’s youngest coronavirus patient, a 10-month-old baby from Sajipanadu village in Bantwal taluk, has been declared as fit for discharge.
The child was suffering from fever and severe acute respiratory illness, and was admitted to a private hospital in Mangaluru on March 23. The child’s throat swab was sent for COVID-19 testing the next day and the result came back positive.
The baby boy has been undergoing treatment at a COVID-19-designated ESI hospital in the district since then.
"The baby was perfectly fine throughout. Two consecutive test results have come negative and the baby is fit to be discharged," said District Heath Officer Ramachandra Bayyari.
"We have collected a 12th-day sample of his mother and grandmother. Only if this test is negative, we can discharge the baby as he needs to be with the mother," he added.
The infant had no foreign travel history or contact history, but had gone to Kerala with family members.
Both his parents tested negative. No other contact of the infant has tested positive so far.
Dakshina Kannada has reported the third highest number of cases in Karnataka at 12. The state reported 207 cases as of Friday, including six deaths and 34 discharges.