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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 54

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

The case is a 27 year-old male from Qena governorate, Deshna district. He developed symptoms on 5 June 2011, was hospitalized and was put on oseltamivir treatment on 13 June. He died on 14 June 2011.

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

The case was confirmed by the Egyptian sub-national laboratory for Influenza in Aswan and the Central Public Health Laboratories in Cairo, a National Influenza Centre of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network.

Of the 150 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 52 have been fatal.

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