Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

First human avian influenza cases in Pakistan

18 December, 2007

Eight cases of avian influenza among people have been confirmed in Pakistan, the first such cases in the country. The cases of H5N1 avian influenza were confirmed in Pakistan's remote North-West Frontier province. One patient died, six recovered and one remained under medical supervision in the cities of Abbotabad and Mansehra. Health officials believe that another person's death was likely caused by avian influenza, but has not been confirmed.
Some of the deaths occurred within a single family, raising concern that the disease may have spread through human-to-human contact.