Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 4

28 February 2008

The Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case is a 4 years old female from El-Edwa district, Menia governorate. She developed symptoms on 21 February and was hospitalized on 24 February. She is receiving treatment and is in a stable condition.

Investigations into the source of her infection indicate exposure to sick poultry in the week prior to onset of symptoms.

Of the 44 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 19 have been fatal.

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