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Published On: Sun, Mar 23rd, 2014

Egypt reports two human H5N1 avian influenza cases

Two people, an adult woman and a child, have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza, according to a report in the Egypt Independent today.

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According to the report by Al-Masry Al-Youm,  “A 56-year-old woman in Beheira’s Damanhour, and a 4-year-old child in Damietta, who are in critical condition, have been transferred to ICU and administered Tamiflu treatment.

“These two patients are the first bird flu cases to be discovered since April 2013.”
The is no notice of the infections on the Egyptian Health ministry website as of this publication.
As Avian Flu Diary blogger, Mike Coston noted in a post Friday concerning the precipitous drop in cases in Egypt in recent years:

After holding the dubious honor of reporting the most human infections with the H5N1 virus for four years running (2009=39, 2010=29, 2011=39, 2012=11),the reported number of cases out of Egypt has plummeted last year (2013)  to only 4.

As this drop in cases occurred pretty much concurrent with the revolution and ongoing political turmoil in Egypt, and with that – a decided reduction in press freedom – it has become increasingly more difficult to discern the level of H5N1 activity in that country over the past couple of years.

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.

They go on to say there is no evidence to suggest that the H5N1 virus can be transmitted to humans through properly prepared poultry or eggs. A few human cases have been linked to consumption of dishes made of raw, contaminated poultry blood. However, slaughter, defeathering, handling carcasses of infected poultry, and preparing poultry for consumption, especially in household settings, are likely to be risk factors.

Related story: Woman Sexually Harassed At Cairo University (VIDEO)

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