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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 19

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported a new confirmed human case of avian influenza A/H5N1 on 01 June 2009.

The case is a 4-year old female child from the Kefr El Sheikh District of Kefr El Sheikh Governorate. Her symptoms started on 30 May 2009 with fever, cough and sore throat. She was admitted to Kefr El Sheikh Fever Hospital on 31 May 2009. The patient received oseltamivir and is in a stable condition.

Investigations into the source of infection indicated that she had close contact with dead and sick poultry. The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories.

Of the 78 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 27 have been fatal.

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