UVA-Pakistan Collaboration

Pakistan-University of Virginia infectious diseases collaboration on febrile illness in Afghanistan refugees.

Karachi/Charlottesville, Feb. 7, 2011 —

Launched this month at the Aga Khan University, Karachi , Molly Hughes, MD. PhD, Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases and International Health is leading a study of fever and pneumonia in children and adults in Pakistan.

Dr. Hughes has partnered with Anita Zaidi, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Aga Khan University in Karachi for this five year study.

Visiting Karachi this week, Dr. Hughes finalized the study design with Dr. Zaidi, which will include Pashtun refugees from Afghanistan in the Bilal Colony of Karachi, as well as a rural population in Matiari.

The investigators will study the frequency and etiologies of febrile illness and acute respiratory illness in children from birth to five years of age as well as their immediate family members.

This effort will examine what causes of infection are present, as this will aid the communities being studied in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In addition, the role of infants in spread of infections to adult family members, and the importance of malnutrition, present in nearly half of children in Pakistan, will be tested.

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