Avian Influenza
Egypt reports second suspected human case of bird flu
Mar 19, 2006, 20:22

An Egyptian man has been suspected to be infected by the H5N1 bird flu virus, the second human infection reported in the north African country in two days, the Egyptian official MENA news agency reported Sunday.

Egyptian Minister of Health and Population Hatem el-Gabali announced the appearance of a second suspected human case of bird flu in the governorate of Qalyubiya, some 40 km north of Cairo, said MENA.

The young man, however, had recovered from the disease, according to the report.

A 30-year-old woman from Qalyubiya died early Friday morning in a Cairo hospital where she had been treated for flu-like symptoms, the Health Ministry said in a statement Saturday.

Medical experts had detected the H5N1 bird flu virus in her blood samples, said the ministry, adding that more samples of the woman had been sent to Britain for further tests.

Egypt reported its first case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu among wild birds and poultry Feb 17 and the government has since launched an aggressive campaign to bring the spread of the disease under control.

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