Emergencies preparedness, response

Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update 52

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced a new confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus.

The case is a 30 year old female from Amria District, Alexandria Governorate. She developed symptoms on 26 April and was hospitalized on 3 May.

She was in a critical condition under artificial ventilation and died on 9 May. She received oseltamivir treatment at the time of hospitalization.

Investigations into the source of infection indicate that the case had exposure to sick poultry suspected to have avian influenza.

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

Of the 144 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 48 have been fatal.