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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 17

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported two new confirmed human cases of avian influenza on 26 May 2009. The two cases are from two separate districts of Sharkia Governorate.

The first case is a 4-year old male from Hehia City, Hehia District. His symptoms began with fever on 24 May 2009.

The second case is a 4-year old female from Abo Hammad District. Her symptoms began with fever on 23 May 2009.

Both cases were admitted to Zagazig Fever Hospital where they received oseltamivir and are in a stable condition.

Investigations into the source of infection indicated that the above two cases had close contact with dead and sick poultry. Both cases were confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories on 26 May 2009.

Of the 76 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 27 have been fatal.

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