Afghan A/H1N1 flu patient dies in Pakistan

15:03, November 08, 2009      

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An Afghan female who was infected with A/H1N1 influenza died at a hospital in northwest Pakistan's city of Peshawar on Saturday, hospital authorities confirmed.

Hospital authorities informed the official news agency APP that Lateefa Bibi, 40, from Helmand Province of Afghanistan was suffering from high fever for the last few days. She was admitted in North West Hospital in Hayatabad, a modern suburb on the southwestern fringe of Peshawar, where her blood samples were obtained for laboratory tests by the World Health Organization (WHO) team who later confirmed the A/H1N1 influenza.

After confirmation of the A/H1N1 influenza in the Afghan female, the hospital authorities also obtained the blood samples of the newborn baby of the infected female, her attendants and the staff of the hospital, the hospital authorities said.

Health officials said that in Afghanistan the cases of A/H1N1 influenza were regularly reported and the death had also been reported there.

Several cases of A/H1N1 influenza have been confirmed in Pakistan and the death case of the Afghan woman was the first that has been registered.

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