Bird flu tests on four Asians in Kuwait 'positive'

Preliminary tests for bird flu on four Bangladeshi workers who had been culling chickens infected with the disease were "positive," a Kuwaiti medical source told AFP.

Bird flu tests on four Asians in Kuwait 'positive'

Preliminary tests for bird flu on four Bangladeshi workerswho had been culling chickens infected with the disease were"positive," a Kuwaiti medical source told AFP.

If confirmed, they will be the first cases of bird flu affecting humans inArab nations of the Gulf.

"The first test on the four men was positive," the source said,requesting anonymity. "We have taken blood samples for a second test toreconfirm the initial results. We expect the outcome within hours.

"If the outcome is reconfirmed as positive, we will have to send bloodsamples to the World Helath Organisation (WHO) laboratory in Cairo for a final confirmation," thesource said.

The four workers were admitted to Kuwait's infectious diseaseshospital with flu-like symptoms on Tuesday.

Since the outbreak of bird flu in Kuwait, 22 people have beenadmitted to hospital on suspicion of being infected, but later discharged afterconfirming they were healthy.

The four Bangladeshis were part of official teams culling and buryinghundreds of thousands of chickens in Wafra, south of Kuwait Cityon the Saudi border.

Kuwaithas culled about 1.7 million birds, most of them egg-laying chickens in fourcommercial poultry farms, since confirming last month an outbreak of the H5N1strain of the bird flu virus that is dangerous to humans.

 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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