Sunday, June 10, 2007

Egypt : 10 Year Old Girl Dies From H5N1

H5N1 has claimed a 15th victim in Egypt. A ten year old girl, Mayada Garah Tohami, died on Saturday, shortly after testing positive for the virus. She was the 35th person in Egypt to test positive for H5N1 infection :

The girl was admitted to a hospital after developing flu-like symptoms, Shahin said. She died after testing positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

She is from the upper Egyptian town of Naqada in the governorate of Qena, approximately 300 miles south of Cairo.

The ministry believes the young girl had come into contact with infected birds that were being raised at her home.

Egypt is the worst hit country outside East Asia, having documented 35 human cases. Of those infected, 14 have died and the other 20, not including the current case, have recovered, MENA reported.

Egypt first reported the H5N1 strain of bird flu in deceased poultry in February of last year and the first human case the following month.

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