Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza - situation in Bangladesh

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh has confirmed a case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus. The case was detected through the influenza sentinel surveillance centre run by the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).

The case is a 16 month old female from Kamalapur, Dhaka. She presented at a influenza sentinel surveillance on 8 March with a history of cough and fever and subsequently recovered.

A detailed epidemiological investigation and contact follow up is being conducted by a team of epidemiologists from IEDCR, ICDDRB and WHO Bangladesh.

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

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