Emergencies preparedness, response

Avian influenza – situation in Egypt – update

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

The case is a 40 year-old female from Dakahlia Governorate. She developed symptoms on 6 March 2012, was hospitalised on 12 March 2012. She was in critical condition and received oseltamivir upon admission. She died on 15 March 2012.

The case was laboratory confirmed by the Central Public Health Laboratories(NIC).

Investigations into the source of infection indicate that the case had exposure to sick backyard poultry.

Of the 164 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 58 have been fatal.