AIDS Outbreak Reported in Pakistan

LAHORE: AIDS outbreak has been reported in Pakistan’s province of Punjab on Monday.

Punjab’s Department of Health has directed the administration to carry out AIDS test in of 5500 people New Kot Imran village of Sarghoda district, some 240 kilometres from Islamabad.

The AIDS (Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) or HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) affected village is an identified infectious zone, however, the number of patients recently reached to 16 raising an alarm.

Punjab Department of Health ordered a full village scan and more than 550 scans where conducted and 16 out of the 300 results received have returned positive.

On the other hand, in the nearby area of Kot Momin, over 40 cases of AIDS have surfaced so far making the situation even worst. It is tantamount here that recently, Influenza a completely different virus has taken over 50 lives and this is the second large-scale disease spread in Punjab within a quarter.

A Health Department spokesperson stated that screening of the patients has been completed and we are waiting for the results to announce the final number of patients. The situation is under control at the moment.


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