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Avian influenza – situation in Bangladesh – update

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh has confirmed two new cases of human infection with highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1) virus in the country. These are the 5th and 6th cases reported in the country since 2008.‬‪

These two cases, 26 year-old and 18 year-old males,  presented with history of cough, and both have recovered. They were identified in the same live bird market surveillance site in Dhaka City as the fourth case recently reported, and were confirmed by the National Influenza Centre (NIC) of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) in Bangladesh.‬‪

Epidemiological investigation and follow-up is being conducted by National Rapid Response teams of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).‬‪

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