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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 47

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

The case is a 38 year old female from Ismailia Governorate. She developed symptoms on 1 March and was hospitalized on 7 March.

She was in a critical condition under artificial ventilation and died on 11 March.

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

The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory, a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network.

Of the 130 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 44 have been fatal.

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