Egypt Reports Two More Human Cases of Bird Flu

EGYPT - Two Egyptian boys have been confirmed of contracting bird flu on Wednesday, bringing the number of cases of the deadly avian influenza to 74, the Egyptian Health Ministry said.
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Abdel Rahman Sabery, a four-year-old boy from Daqahlia governorate in the Nile Delta, and Sameh Ayoub, a three-year-old boy from Sohag in Upper Egypt were admitted to hospital on 20 May suffering from symptoms of the virus, Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shahine said in a statement.

He added that the boys' condition is stable after being treated with Tamiflu.

On 18 May, a four-year-old Egyptian girl Nada Ahmed Reda from Daqahlia, north of Cairo, died after contracting the disease of the H5N1 bird flu virus – the 27th death in the country.

Egypt is the most affected country by the virus outside Asia. It reported its first H5N1 virus in dead poultry in February 2006 and the first human case in March of the same year.

Most of the victims of the fatal virus in Egypt were young girls and women. Generally, they were in charge of looking after poultry in rural areas.

While the H5N1 virus rarely infects people, experts say they fear it could mutate into a form that people could easily pass to one another, sparking a pandemic that could kill many in a short time.

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