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Egypt Reports Its 87th Case Of H5N1 Bird Flu
From Patricia Doyle, PhD
Hello Jeff - Even though all eyes are watching Swine Flu, Bird Flu is still claiming human victims with no signs of slowing up. If Swine and Bird Flu do meet up, it is a good bet it will be in Egypt.
Date: Thu 24 Sep 2009
Source: World Health Organisation (WHO), EPR, Disease Outbreak News - edited
The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported 2 new confirmed human cases of avian influenza A (H5N1).
The 1st case is a 13-year-old male from Alexandria Governorate. His symptoms started on 13 Sep 2009. He was admitted to hospital on 14 Sep 2009, where he received oseltamivir treatment. The patient is in a stable condition.
The 2nd case is a 14-month-old female from Tahrer District, Behira Governorate. Her symptoms started on 23 Sep 2009. She was admitted to Damanhur Fever Hospital, where she received oseltamivir treatment. The patient is in a stable condition.
Investigations into the source of infection indicated that both cases had close contact with dead and/or sick poultry.
The cases were confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories. Of the 87 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 27 have been fatal.
-- Communicated by: ProMED-mail Rapporteur Marianne Hopp
This is the WHO confirmation of the 86th case previously reported in ProMED-mail post Avian influenza, human (113): Egypt, 86th case 20090921.3321 and the announcement of an additional 87th case. Both patients are children receiving oseltamivir treatment and in stable condition.
Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics Univ of West Indies Please visit my "Emerging Diseases" message board at: http://www.emergingdisease.org/phpbb/index.php Also my new website: http://drpdoyle.tripod.com/ Zhan le Devlesa tai sastimasa Go with God and in Good Health 
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