Study Says Southeast Asia Doctors Often Wrongly Diagnose Bird Flu
This article was originally published in PharmAsia News
A published study says doctors in Southeast Asia are mistaking several diseases as bird flu, leading to delays in proper treatment and decreasing patient chances of surviving the diseases. The early symptoms of the H5N1 bird flu virus are similar to pneumonia, typhoid and at least four other diseases doctors had said were infecting patients. The study said physicians in Indonesia and Thailand correctly diagnosed the disease in less than 12 percent of cases. One of the study authors, a World Health Organization doctor, said all of the diseases require rapid diagnosis, but no such test exists. (Click here for more
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