Emergencies preparedness, response

Avian influenza - situation in Bangladesh - update

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh has confirmed a new case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus.

The case is a 2 years old male from Kamalapur, Dhaka. He developed symptoms on 1 March. He visited the influenza sentinel surveillance site on 9 March where he was sampled. He completely recovered.

Detailed epidemiological investigation and contact follow up was conducted by a team from the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh ( ICDDRB) and WHO Bangladesh, and no further cases were identified.

The investigation into the source of infection indicate that the case had exposure to sick poultry. Although the case is from the same locality as the previous case they had no direct contact with each other.

The case was confirmed as being infected with A(H5N1) by the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).