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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Egyptian woman hospitalized with H5N1 infection


" Jul 26, 2010 : Egyptian officials have confirmed H5N1 avian influenza in a 20-year-old woman who is hospitalized in critical condition in Cairo, according to MENA, the country's news agency.

Health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin said the woman, from Qalyubia governorate, about 30 miles north of Cairo, was admitted to the hospital Jul 21 with fever and breathing difficulties, Daily News Egypt reported yesterday, citing MENA. He said the woman is undergoing treatment with oseltamivir (Tamilfu) and is under careful monitoring.

Reports have not said if the woman had contact with sick or infected birds.

If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the woman's infection, she will be listed as Egypt's 110th H5N1 case-patient. The country's 109 confirmed cases include 34 deaths.

In the first 4 months of 2010 Egypt reported 19 human H5N1 cases, 7 of them fatal. The newly confirmed case is the country's first in nearly 4 months.

Earlier this month the Egyptian government instituted a ban on the sale of all live poultry to help prevent the spread of the H5N1 virus, which is endemic in the country, according to the Daily News Egypt report. The only exception is licensed slaughterhouses that employ veterinarians to assess the health of the birds and supervise slaughtering, cleaning, and sales of the birds."

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