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Fifth fatal human case of bird flu reported in Egypt
www.chinaview.cn 2006-05-05 03:32:39

    CAIRO, May 4 (Xinhua) -- A 27-year-old Egyptian woman died of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu on Thursday, the fifth fatal human case in Egypt, the official MENA news agency reported.

    Samah Abdel-Aziz Mohamed died at 3:45 p.m. (1245 GMT) after a heart resuscitation failed, the Egyptian health authorities said in a statement.

    The woman, coming from el-Sharabiya district of Cairo, was the 13th human bird flu case since the outbreak of the deadly disease in Egypt in February.

    She was admitted to a Cairo-based hospital on Monday due to fever, severe coughing and dyspnea.

    The Egyptian health authorities announced her infection one day later and said that the woman had close contact with infected domestic fowls.

    Out of the total 13 human cases in Egypt, five were dead and eight others recovered after being treated with anti-viral Tamiflu drug.

    The latest death came four days after the Health Ministry announced that the country's last bird flu patient, an 18-year-old girl, had been discharged from a hospital after recovery.Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shahin has repeatedly said that bird flu in Egypt is receding.

    Egypt reported its first human bird flu case on March 18 and the second on March 27, both of whom were women.

    The country found the first outbreak of bird flu virus in poultry on Feb. 17. Soon afterward, the government has taken tough measures to curb the spread of the fatal disease.

    The deadly H5N1 strain has killed over 100 people worldwide since its latest outbreak in southeast Asia in late 2003,according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

    Most victims were infected after close contact with sick birds.The virus currently can only jump from birds to humans, but scientists fear that it could mutate into a form capable of passing easily among humans and thus spark a global pandemic. Enditem

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