Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza – situation in Bangladesh

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh has confirmed the fourth case of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza in the country.

The case is 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 case was confirmed by the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).

An epidemiological investigation and monitoring of the situation is currently being conducted jointly by IEDCR and ICDDR,B.

The first case of human infection with H5N1 was reported in the country in 2008, and two cases were reported in 2011.

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