Egypt reports 22nd human bird flu case

(Feb 17) A five-year-old Egyptian boy from the Nile Delta region was tested positive to the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, bringing the number of bird flu human cases to 22 in this populous Arab nation, the official news agency MENA reported on Friday.

The latest case came from Al-Sharqiya governorate, some 65 km north of Cairo, and he was under treatment, said Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shaheen, without giving more details.

Earlier in the day, the ministry said a 37-year-old woman has died of the deadly virus, bringing the death toll of the infectious disease to 13 in Egypt.

The woman was identified as Nadia Mohammed Abdel-Hafez and she died on Thursday evening, said the ministry.

Abdel-Hafez came from Fayoum, a countryside town located some 85 km south of Cairo. She checked into Fayoum's fever hospital on Feb. 12 after suffering from high temperature and pneumonia, according to the ministry.

The ministry announced that the woman was tested positive to the deadly H5N1 virus on Wednesday.

Egypt found the first bird flu case in dead poultry on Feb. 17, 2006 and then the virus spread to 20 of the country's 26 governorates.

The populous Arab country reported first human bird flu case on March 18 of 2006.

Before the latest case of the five-year-old boy, 21 human cases of the disease have been reported in Egypt, of which 13 have died of the fatal virus and the other eight recovered.


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