Emergencies preparedness, response

Avian influenza – situation in Egypt – update

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

The case is a one year-old female from Gharbeia governorate. She developed symptoms on 14 February 2012 and was admitted to a hospital on 15 February 2012, where she received oseltamivir treatment upon admission. She is in good medical condition.

Epidemiological investigation into the source of infection is ongoing. Preliminary investigations indicate presence of backyard poultry in her area of residence.

The case was confirmed by the Central Public Health Laboratories; a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network.

Of the 161 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 55 have been fatal.