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Avian influenza – situation in Egypt – update

The Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt has notified WHO of a new case of human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus.‪

The case is a 45 year-old female from Menofia governorate. She developed symptoms on 10 February 2012, received oseltamivir treatment on 17 February 2012 and is still recovering. The case was laboratory confirmed by the Central Public Health Laboratories; a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network on 18 February 2012.

Epidemiological investigation into the source of infection indicate that the case had exposure to backyard poultry.

Of the 160 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 55 have been fatal.

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