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Bird flu claims first two lives in Pakistan

14 December, 2007

Bird flu claims first two lives in Pakistan
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PESHAWAR: The administration of Khyber Teaching Hospital on Thursday confirmed that two brothers Mohammad Ilyas and Tariq, who were brought to the hospital from Mansehra on suspicion of carrying H5N1, died of bird flu Monday last.

“The two brothers have been confirmed as bird flu victims and are the first human sufferers of the disease in our country,” Dr Siddiqur Rahman, Acting Chief Executive of KTH, told media on Thursday.

Mohammad Ilyas and Tariq were working at a poultry farm in Mansehra and were brought to KTH in a serious condition. They were suffering from pneumonia and were kept in the isolation ward, said Dr Rahman.

One of them was in critical condition at the time of arrival, Dr Rahman said. He added that the Ministry of Health after their expiry took blood samples and sent them to Islamabad to verify if they were carrying Bird Flu virus (H5N1). “Then I don’t know what happened to the test,” he added.

Meanwhile, some reports on Thursday suggested that the laboratory test conducted in Islamabad confirmed Bird Flu influenza. A spokesman of Health Ministry in Islamabad said that they had died of bird flu, adding both the brothers were working in a poultry farm in Mansehra and had direct link with the chickens that resulted in the transfer of the virus (H5N1) into them.

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