Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt witnessed three human bird flu death cases in only
four days, the death toll of the human bird flu cases in the country rose to 10
and aroused some worries about spreading of the deadly disease.
Photo taken on Nov. 11, 2006 shows a
pultry vendor at a marketplace in Cairo. (Xinhua
Reda Abdel Halim Farid, a 26-year-old man from a big
family living in the Egyptian Delta governorate of Gharbiya, some 90 km north of
Cairo, died of the deadly H5N1 virus on Wednesday, became the third casualty in
a week after another two members of the family, a 30-year-old woman and a
15-year-old girl, who died on Sunday and Monday respectively.
On the current bird flu situation in Egypt, Egyptian
Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine told Xinhua that the situation
seems to be dangerous but it is under control, specially as people start to
recognize how dangerous the virus is and directly inform the authorities of any
"H5N1 is a serious threat in Egypt and we set up a
plan to take measures in cooperation with other ministries to deal with this
problem," Shahine said.
He added that Egypt is cooperating with the World
Health Organization and the EU among others to provide some vaccines to face the
For his part, Egyptian Ministry of Environment senior
official Ahmed el-Emary said that there would be serious problems during next
March, the birds immigration season, when hundreds of birds come from the EU
through Egypt on their way to Africa.
As for measures taken by the Egyptian government to
deal with the grim situation, Egyptian cabinet spokesman Magdi Radi said that
the country has designed a comprehensive plan in order to face the issue and a
big number of Tamiflu, a kind of medicine against the bird flu disease, have
already been imported.
Meanwhile, Radi asked people to stop buying alive
birds to eat, recommending that it is better to change their habits and buy
slaughtered birds which have been done under the supervision of the authorities.
The first bird flu case in Egypt was found in dead
poultry on Feb. 17, 2006 and then the virus spread to 20 of the country's
26governorates, with the first human bird flu case in the Arab country reported
on March 18, 2006.
Since then, a total of 18 reported human bird flu
cases have been reported, among which 8 persons were cured.