Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

Egypt: Diagnosis of new avian influenza human case.

Egypt 15 February, 2007 The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has announced a new human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3).
The 37-year-old female (Nadia Mohammed Abdel Hafez) from the oasis province of Fayyum Governorate was admitted to hospital with symptoms on 12 February 2007 and she died this evening (15/02). She was involved in the slaughter and defeathering of sick birds one week prior to the onset of illness.
Of the 21 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 13 have been fatal (WHO). She is the third Egyptian to die of the virus in 2007. The last person to die from the disease in Egypt, a teenage girl, also came from Fayyum.