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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 14

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported a new confirmed human case of avian influenza . The case is a 34 year old female from Tanta District, Gharbia Governorate. Her symptoms began on 21 April and she was hospitalized at Tanta Fever Hospital on 21 April where she was started on oseltamivir. She is in a stable condition.

Infection with H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory on 23 April and subsequently confirmed by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 3 (NAMRU-3).

Investigations into the source of his infection indicate a history of close contact with dead and sick poultry prior to becoming ill.

Of the 68 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 23 have been fatal.

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