Here is an amazing statement by the current “caretaker Health Minister” of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, as reported in the news item below, via Daily times:
NWFP caretaker Health Minister Syed Kamal Shah told Daily Times that so far around six to seven cases of the disease had been reported in the province.
He added two of the patients had died in November and that officials were awaiting results of the samples that they had dispatched to the NIH.
“If the results come out to be positive then the samples would be sent to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for further confirmation,” he said.
“I am trying to get the results but poultry is a big industry with many stakeholders, some of whom may want to hush up the issue.”
“The strain detected in the Bird Flu-infected people is called H5N1, which is the most dangerous of all other strains,” he added.
Shah also said that currently there were three people in the hospitals of Peshawar and Abbottabad. However, he declined to say something about the infected doctor.
He said over 70 percent of the poultry industry was based in NWFP and added that “closure of the industry is under-consideration, as human lives are more precious and important than any industry.”
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