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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 10

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 2-year-old male from Al-Honsanya, Sharkea Governorate. He developed symptoms on 13 April and was hospitalized on 14 April and is currently in hospital. The case was confirmed as being infected with A(H5N1) by the Central Public Health Laboratories and by Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3) .

Investigations into the source of his infection indicate a history of contact with sick and dead poultry.

Of the 50 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 22 have been fatal.

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