Egypt reports fifth bird flu fatality of 2012
Health officials in Egypt report the death of a woman from human infection with H5N1 avian influenza; this is the fifth fatality from the lethal virus reported this year in the North African nation.
The Egyptian Health Ministry notified the World Health Organization (WHO) Thursday about the case.
According to the WHO Global Alert and Response (GAR) today:
The case is a 36 year-old female from Giza governorate. She developed symptoms on 1 April 2012 and was admitted to a hospital on 7 April 2012 and died on the same day.
Confirmatory laboratory testing was performed by the Central Public Health Laboratories; a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network.
As in so many previous cases, exposure to backyard poultry appears to be the source of the infection.
Since 2006, Egypt has reported 167 cases of human infection with avian influenza, 60 of the cases were fatal.
The last fatality in Egypt was on Mar 31 when a 15 year-old female, also from Giza Governorate died from the infection.