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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 44

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced 3 new confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus.

The first case is a 26 year-old female from Dakahlia Governorate. She developed symptoms on 18 January and was hospitalized on 23 January. She has recovered and was discharged on 7 February.

The second case is a 45 year-old male from Menofia Governorate. He developed symptoms on 20 January and was hospitalized on 26 January. He died on 5 February.

The third case is a 4 year-old male from Damiata Governorate. He developed symptoms on 14 February and was hospitalized on 16 February. He is in a stable condition.

Investigations into the source of infection indicate that the three cases had exposure to poultry suspected to have avian influenza.

The cases were confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories, a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network.

Of the 125 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 41 have been fatal.

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