- CAIRO -- Hospitals nationwide
reportedly quarantined more human cases suspected of being infected with
the H5N1 bird flu virus.
- According to Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, Damietta - where
the latest Bird Flu victim Hanem Atwa Ibrahim, 50, died late on Monday
Dec. 31 in a Cairo hospital - hosts the largest number of cases with five
people suspected of carrying the virus, while the Upper Egyptian city
of Qena came next, with two cases, followed by El-Beheira with one case.
- The outbreak triggered a huge campaign, led by Egypt's
Food Inspection Agency in Alexandria locate infected poultry that transfers
the virus. About 1,600 infected chickens were diagnosed and culled in the
- On Monday the Ministry of Health reported the death of
a fourth bird flu case in less than a week, bringing the total of bird
flu deaths in Egypt to 19 and the number of Egyptian cases overall to 43.
- Last week Menufiya resident Fardous Mohamed Hadad, 36,
died at the hospital where she was admitted two days earlier suffering
high fever and breathing difficulty, ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin
said in a statement carried by the official Mena news agency.
- On Sunday Fatma Fathi Mohammed, 25, from the Nile Delta
province of Daqahliya died of the disease.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) said earlier this
year that countries around the world had improved in their resistance to
bird flu, but the situation remains critical in Egypt and Indonesia where
the risk of the H5N1 virus mutating into a major human threat remains high.
- Egypt's location on major bird migration routes and the
widespread practice of keeping domestic fowl near living quarters have
led to its being the hardest-hit country outside Asia.
- International health experts have been dispatched to
Pakistan to help investigate the cause of South Asia's first human bird
flu cases and determine if the virus could have been transmitted from person
to person, according to a WHO official.
- First Published: January 4, 2008
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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