Thursday, April 12, 2007

Egypt Reports 14th Human Victim

A 15 year old girl has died from the H5N1 virus in Cairo. She was hospitalised and treated with Tamiflu and put on a respirator :

Amr Kandeel, who is the director of communicable diseases at the Ministry of Health, stated that the girl died because she did not receive treatment quick enough due to her not reporting her symptoms when they first started appearing.

According to the girl's family she did not come in contact with any infected poultry, thus how she contracted the virus is currently not known.

Another report carries a quote from a WHO spokesperson on how she may have contracted the virus :
She is believed to have contracted the virus three weeks ago when she bought a chicken at a market in Shoubra, Cairo, while shopping for her Christian family's preparations for the Easter holidays...

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