Nazish Badar

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BACKGROUND There is little information about influenza among the Pakistani population. In order to assess the trends of Influenza-like-Illness (ILI) and to monitor the predominant circulating strains of influenza viruses, a country-wide lab-based surveillance system for ILI and Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) with weekly sampling and reporting was(More)
BACKGROUND Influenza is a viral infection that can lead to serious complications and death(s) in vulnerable groups if not diagnosed and managed in a timely manner. This study was conducted to improve the accuracy of predicting influenza through various clinical and statistical models. METHODOLOGY A retrospective cross sectional analysis was done on(More)
The study was conducted to document the plants used in the traditional veterinary practices in Jhang district of Pakistan. Rapid and participatory rural appraisal techniques were used for collection of information i.e. the interviews and focused group discussions were carried with 253 traditional veterinary healers for a period of one year. From the study(More) Vol 17 May 2017 483 Surveillance and Response Unit in Sindh were collated according to the WHO-recommended case definition for chikungunya and provide a final number of 818 suspected cases (between Dec 19, 2016, and Feb 22, 2017) that were clinically evaluated at various hospitals in Karachi. Representative samples (n=121) were(More)
Measles continues to be a major public health issue causing substantial outbreaks worldwide, mostly affecting young children. Molecular analysis of measles viruses provides important information on outbreak linkages and transmission pathways that can be helpful towards implementation of appropriate control programs. In Pakistan, the control of measles is(More)
Background Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the major etiological agent causing acute and chronic liver disease worldwide with significant morbidity and mortality. The high genetic variability of HBV is reflected by eight genotypes (A to H), each with a particular geographical prevalence. The global pattern of HBV genotypes is associated with the distribution of(More)
BACKGROUND In early 2009, a novel influenza A(H1N1) virus that emerged in Mexico and United States rapidly disseminated worldwide. The spread of this virus caused considerable morbidity with over 18000 recorded deaths. The new virus was found to be a reassortant containing gene segments from human, avian and swine influenza viruses. METHODS/RESULTS The(More)
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