Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

Egypt: An 18-month-old child contracted the H5N1 avian influenza virus

11 March, 2009

The Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt has reported a new confirmed human case of avian influenza. The new case is a one and a half year old female from Menofia Governorate. Her symptoms began on 6 March and she was hospitalized on 9 March where she remains in a stable condition. Infection with H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed on 10 March by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory.
Investigations into the source of her infection indicate a history of close contact with dead and sick poultry prior to becoming ill.