Global Alert and Response (GAR)

2000 - Acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome in Afghanistan - Update

11 July 2000

Disease Outbreak Reported

To date, there have been 27 suspected cases, including 16 deaths reported from an isolated village in Gulran district, Herat Province, Afghanistan (see previous report). An international team, including experts from the WHO Collaborating Centre at the National Institute for Virology (NIV- South Africa), Epicentre and WHO have completed their investigation. Extensive virologic and serologic tests for a wide variety of pathogens have not yet identified the etiologic agent.

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