First COVID-19 related death in Pakistan in a patient with a travel history in Saudi Arabia

Ullah R.,
Rana M.S.,
Qadir M.,
Usman M.
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Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications


Rationale: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) has been recognized as highly pathogenic. The current pandemic of SARS-CoV-2 has been spread globally and infected more than 200 countries. Patient concerns: We report the first confirmed fatal case of COVID-19 in Pakistan. A 50-year-old man returned from Saudi Arabia on March 09, 2020 and presented with cough, fever, malaise, poor appetite and difficulty in breathing to the Pulmonologist at District Headquarter Hospital Mardan. Diagnosis: The patient was initially diagnosed as COVID-19 suspected case. A oropharyngeal swab sample was positive by realtime RT-PCR tests. Lessons: This report highlights the importance of close coordination between clinicians and public health authorities as well as the importance of early laboratory-based confirmation of COVID-19 cases. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications. All rights reserved.

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adult; ambient air; appetite; Article; blood pressure; body temperature; breathing rate; case report; clinical article; coronavirus disease 2019; coughing; dyspnea; fatality; fever; health care personnel; heart rate; human; leukocyte count; lymphocyte count; malaise; male; middle aged; monocyte count; national health organization; neutrophil count; oxygen saturation; Pakistan; physical examination; priority journal; pulmonologist; real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction; Saudi Arabia; sore throat; thorax radiography; throat culture; travel; virus transmission