Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Egypt: Three new human avian influenza cases

1 April, 2007

Ibrahim Mahmoud Helmi, 4 years old, and Mahmoud Mohamed Shalabi, 7, were tested positive to the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
Helmi came from Qena, around 670 kilometres (416 miles) south of Cairo, he was admitted to Qena Hospital on 29 March 2007, treatment with tamiflu started on March 29, 2007. Helmi is brother of the 6-year-old girl, case reported on the 28/03/07.
Shalabi is from Sohag, around 470 kilometres south of Cairo, he was admitted to Menia Hospital on 29 March 2007, treatment with tamiflu started on March 29, 2007
Both Qena and Sohag were countryside towns along the Nile River.
A third Egyptian child who tested positive for the H5N1 is a 4-year-old girl (Mariam Abdul-Fattah) from the town of Qanater in Qalyoubia province, north of Cairo.
Egypt has the highest number of confirmed human avian influenza cases outside Asia.