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Egypt Reports Another Human Bird Flu Case

by 5m Editor
2 March 2009, at 7:17am

EGYPT - Egyptian Health Ministry confirmed on 1 March that a two-year-old child was infected with bird flu virus, bringing the number of human cases of the avian influenza in the country to 56, the official MENA news agency reported.

Youssef Abdel-Azim comes from Fayoum governorate, some 85 km south of Cairo, said assistant health minister for preventive affairs Nasr el-Sayyed.

The child contracted the virus by contacting infected birds and suffered high temperature on Saturday, el-Sayyed was quoted as saying.

The boy was admitted to hospital and injected Tamiflu, an anti-viral vaccine against bird flu virus, but is now in a critical condition, said el-Sayyed.

Egypt is the most affected country by the deadly avian influenza outside Asia. It reported its first H5N1 virus in dead poultry in February 2006 and the first human case in March of the same year.

The death toll of the human cases of bird flu in the populous country is 23.

According to the World Health Organization (WTO), some 408 people in 15 countries and regions have contracted the virus and 256 of them died of the disease as of 27 February.  

Further Reading

- You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.