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Seminar Emerging Diseases and Pakistan
11 Feb 2016

Department of Community Medicine, UMDC organized an awareness seminar on “Emerging Diseases and Pakistan” on February 11, 2016. Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Zahid Masood, HoD, Community Medicine said “Although Zika virus case has not been reported in Pakistan, threat remaining there”. Transmission of Zika virus infection is through same mosquito which was responsible for transmission of dengue fever in Pakistan, Dr Zahid added.  In Pakistan environment was conductive for Zika virus infection and only virus was missing. He stressed on integrated vector management approach through community participation to avert any outbreak.

Professor Masood further told that that Zika infection is linked to abnormal babies born to mother having Zika infection during pregnancy. However a lot more research was needed to establish this relationship. High frequency of micro cephalic babies (small headed) was reported in Brazil in 2015. It remains a potential threat for Asia as well he added. WHO has already declared Zika virus infection as a Global Emergency.

Dr Masood highlighted significance of prevention against seasonal flu (H1N1) and (H5N1) swine flu. Dr Uzma Sagheer spoke on the magnitude of problem with Influenza and Zika virus infection. Ms Ariha, MBBS student also spoke on the occasion.

Professor Dr Muhammad Saeed, Dean Faculty of Medical and Allied Health Sciences stressed on educating the community to address the menace of Swine Flu and Zika virus.