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- AFP/File
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KHAR: At least 14 women have died during the past one week and several others suffering with infection after a mysterious disease broke out in Warah Mamond area of Bajaur Agency.

Local people told Dawn on Thursday that the disease had hit people in the mountainous areas of Dabar, Badan, Saro Sha and surrounding localities of Warrah Mamond, 16 km from Khar, the agency headquarters.

“As many as 14 women have died within a week while many others are infected after the disease spread in the area,” said Tahir Khan, a local tribesman, said.

When contacted, Agency Surgeon Dr Zakir Hussain also confirmed the prevalence of the disease and casualties of several women because of it in the area. He said that the health condition of all the women who died from the disease was normal before being infected. They were between 40 and 50 years of age, he said.

Talking to this correspondent on Thursday, he said that the mysterious disease broke out among women in different areas of Warrah Mamond a week ago.

“Several women have died within a week and many others are seriously affected by an unknown disease,” he said.

The agency surgeon, who visited the affected areas, said that a large number of women had been infected by the disease. “The disease is serious and fatal and we have not seen indications of such a disease in the agency before,” Dr Hussain said.

He said that several health teams comprising senior doctors and paramedics had been sent to the affected areas to overcome the situation and identify the cause of the disease.

Answering a question, he said that the health department was making efforts to find out main cause of the disease, adding that all patients died in a short time after contracting the disease.

Bajaur Agency political Agent Abdul Jabar Shah told reporters on Thursday that the administration had asked the local health department to arrange medical camps in the area to ensure medical care to the affected patients.

The residents have complained of lack of health facilities for the infected women in the area and expressed concern over the situation.

Comments (9) Closed

Yahya Khalid Qureshi May 02, 2014 02:21pm

I believe you can update existing online articles? If so, then I would request that you provide the readers information about this "unknown disease". While it may not have a name as of yet, there must be some sort of prevalent symptoms/condition which may be highlighted here so that individuals can at least identify it when they see it.

Iqbal bhai May 02, 2014 02:26pm

Why the article fails to mention any symptoms?

Naqvi May 02, 2014 02:45pm

Is this is a news story? what kind of infection? what are the symptoms? you get nothing out of this story

salman malik May 02, 2014 04:11pm

The story is missing all the essential details , at least some disease symptoms would be a starting point...

Pakistani May 02, 2014 05:53pm

I totally agree with Yahya. Even if the cure is unknown, the symptoms or the condition of the affected person before they died will be known. How they contracted this disease can also be very helpful for others. A good advice for the writer is to give us the useful information not just write the unknowns.

Ali May 02, 2014 06:38pm

Biological warfare gentlemen.

Shamim Ahmed May 03, 2014 10:47pm

As an ex-International WHO Consultant may I recommend: 1. Atleast 3ml. samples of blood (taken IV) of the "living ill"; postmortem tissues of lungs & liver from "fresh corpses" be both acquired under quality qualified medical personnel & sent "immediately under strict medical protocol" to: NIH, Islamabad; AKU, Karachi; CDC, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; along with or followed later by "whatever clinical data" is available on "living ill" & postmortem reports to above stated Institutes. 2. WHO Regional Office, Islamabad be approached on "top priority" basis via Health Ministry, KPK; 3. "Living ill be quarantined" under WHO/CDC protocol for highly "infectious diseases". Good luck. Prof. Dr.Shamim Ahmed; CEO: Bio-medicine & Bio-sciences Consultancy, Karachi, Pakistan.

Amjad Mahboob May 04, 2014 02:07pm

A sad story. I am willing to work it out. I am hopeful we will get the results soon. Feel free to contact me on my email.

Hossain May 05, 2014 12:41pm

Not sure about the symptoms.. Here you can see the symptoms of Nipah encephalitis...