Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Egypt reports third bird flu death of 2012‎

A confirmed case of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt has taken the life of a woman from Dakahlia Governorate according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The WHO said Monday; the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt notified the global health body about the new case of human infection with bird flu.

According to the WHOs Global Alert and Response, the victim was a 40-year-old female who developed symptoms on 6 March 2012, was hospitalized on 12 March 2012. She was in critical condition and received oseltamivir upon admission. She died on 15 March 2012.

Like so many avian influenza patients, the woman was exposed to sick backyard poultry according to the investigation into the case.

Laboratory confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza was performed by the Central Public Health Laboratories(NIC).

This is the sixth case of human infection with bird flu in Egypt this year, and the third case to be fatal. Source