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