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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 16

Between 13 to 20 May, the Ministry of Health of Egypt reported five new confirmed human case of avian influenza.

The first case is a 4-year old boy from Kafr Sakr District, Sharkia Governorate. His symptoms began on 10 May 2009 and he was admitted to Zagazig Fever Hospital on 11 May. He is in a stable condition.

The second case is a 3-year old boy from Mahalla District, Gharbia Governorate. His symptoms began on 12 May and he was admitted to Mahalla Fever Hospital on 15 May 2009. He is in a stable condition.

The third case was a 4-year old girl from Meet Ghamr District, Dakahlia Governorate. Her symptoms began on 9 May 2009 and she was admitted to Mansoura Chest Hospital on 17 May 2009. She died on 18 May 2009.

The fourth case is a 4-year old boy from Sherbin District, Dakahlia Governorate. His symptoms began on 18 May 2009 and he was admitted to Mansoura Chest Hospital on the same day. He is in a stable condition.

The fifth case is a 3-year old boy from Sohag District, Sohag Governorate. His symptoms began on 17 May 2009 and he was admitted to Sohag Fever Hospital on 18 May 2009. He is in a stable condition.

Investigations into the source of infection indicated that all the above cases had close contact with dead and sick poultry. All five cases have been confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory.

Of the 74 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 27 have been fatal.

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