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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 40

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced four new cases of human infection with H5N1 avian influenza.

A 56 year-old female from Sharkia governorate. She developed symptoms on 22 December, was hospitalized on 23 December and received treatment with oseltamivir. She was discharged from the hospital on 30 December 2010 in a stable condition.

No information is available regarding poultry exposure. Investigations into the source of infection are underway.

A 25 year-old female from Qena Governorate. She developed symptoms on 19 December 2010 and was admitted in the hospital on 27 December 2010 and died on 29 December 2010. Case investigation revealed that she had contact with poultry.

A 27 year-old male from Ismailia Governorate. He developed symptoms on 23 December 2010 and was admitted to hospital on 28 December 2010. He is still under treatment in the hospital. No information is available regarding poultry exposure. Investigations into the source of infection are underway.

A 40 year-old male from Dakahlia Governorate. He developed symptoms on 25 December 2010 and was admitted to hospital on 30 December 2010. He died on 2nd January 2011. He had contact with poultry.

Laboratory tests have confirmed the H5N1 virus.

Of the 119 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 40 have been fatal.

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