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Published On: Sun, Apr 6th, 2014

Egypt reports third H5N1 avian influenza case of 2014

A 86-year-old woman from the capital city of Damanhur in the Egyptian coastal governorate of Beheira is the latest human case of H5N1 avian influenza in the North African country, according to a EGYNews rport Saturday (computer translated).

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The report notes that the elderly woman is hospitalized in intensive care and is currently in “poor condition”.

She also has the underlying condition of diabetes. She is being treated with Tamiflu.

This human H5N1 avian flu case follows two confirmed cases two weeks ago (one case was from Damanhur also).

Since 2006, Egypt has reported 175 (not including this current case) cases of human H5N1 bird flu with 63 deaths (Case fatality ratio–36%).

According to the WHO, the primary risk factor for human infection with the virus appears to be direct or indirect exposure to infected live or dead poultry or contaminated environments.

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