Saturday, March 3, 2012

Bangladesh reports first case of bird flu of 2012

Bangladesh health officials have confirmed the fourth case of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza, or bird flu, since the first case was reported in 2008.

According to a World Health Organization (WHO) Global Alert and Response Friday, a 40 year-old male from Dhaka City, who was identified as part of the live bird market surveillance system on 26 February 2012. The case presented with cough and currently has recovered. The man is a live bird market worker.

Health officials are investigating the source of the man's infection.

The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) confirmed the case of H5N1 avian influenza on throat and nasal swabs on the patient. The virus was confirmed by rRT-PCR.

In addition to the first case in 2008 and the current case, there were two cases of human infection of bird flu last year in Bangladesh. Source