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    Fatal Bacterial Disease Outbreak in Pakistan – Warning issued by NIH

    By Samreen Saeed January 12, 2023

    The National Institute of Health (NIH) has warned all the provinces of Pakistan to stay alert in view of the outbreak of the fatal bacterial disease, Diphtheria during the winter season.

    Amid a new subvariant of Covid spreading across the country, Pakistan is probably on the verge of a new contagious disease outbreak. CDC has also included the bacterial Diphtharial infection in their seasonal awareness and alert letter issued during the winter for the months of November to February 2023.

    Last year, 26 cases of Diphtheria were reported across the country.


    Diphtheria outbreak in Pakistan

    By M. Waqar BhattiJanuary 12, 2023

    ISLAMABAD: Following the deaths of dozens of children throughout the country due to diphtheria, the National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad has ‘advised’ the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) to ensure the availability of Diphtheria Antitoxin in the country, which is used to treat infected patients along with antibiotics.
    Over 45 children and teenagers lost their lives due to diphtheria across Pakistan in 2022 while hundreds of suspected cases have been reported from Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, officials say the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHS,R&C) said and blamed the poor quality of vaccination for the resurgence of diphtheria, which has been wiped out from most parts of the world.

    According to an NIH Advisory titled “Advisory for Prevention and Treatment of Corynebacterium diphtheria”, the infectious disease diphtheria is a potentially life-threatening bacterial disease caused by infection with toxin-producing strains of Corynebacterium diphtheria. “In Pakistan, sporadic cases of diphtheria continue to be reported and are usually prevalent from November to February. In 2022, there were 26 laboratory-confirmed cases.
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