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Thursday, December 9, 2010

WHO on the latest H5N1 death in Egypt

From my mentor Crof at H5N1, whose excellent take on things always amazes me. Thank you Crof! Go to his site for the complete link :

" WHO has published Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 38.

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced a new case of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza.

A 30-year-old female from Gharbia Governorate, developed symptoms on 28 November, was hospitalized on 1st of December, where she received oseltamivir treatment, and died on 2nd of December.

Investigations into the source of infection indicated that the case had exposure to sick and dead poultry.

The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories, a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN).

Of the 113 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 37 have been fatal.

And if Egypt had Indonesia's case fatality ratio, about 88 of those cases would have been fatal. The reasons for such a discrepancy need research."

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