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Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 43

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced a case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus. A 7 year-old male from Gharbia Governorate, developed symptoms on 20 January and was hospitalized on 20 January. He is in a stable condition.

Investigations into the source of infection indicated that the case had exposure to sick 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 122 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 40 have been fatal.

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