6 Pakistanis infected, one fatally, with H5N1 bird flu, government says
Six people caught H5N1 bird flu in northern Pakistan last month and at least one person with the disease has died, the government said Saturday.
The World Health Organization confirmed all six cases were positive for the H5N1 strain of bird flu in preliminary testing, but said a second round of analysis was being conducted to make sure.
If confirmed, the infections would be the first in humans in South Asia.
The Health Ministry said it had tested several patients and others whom they had come into contact with in late October. The results for six people from the Abbottabad and Mansehra districts of North West Frontier Province were positive, it said in a statement.
“Five of them have fully recovered. One of the confirmed cases died in a hospital, while his brother who could not be tested has also died,” the Health Ministry said in a statement. It did not explain why the brother could not be tested.
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