A report today, Friday, from Reuters says that according to a World Health Organisation official, a 10-year-old girl from southern Egypt has been infected with the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, and is in “very critical” condition.
“There is a new human case just reported by the Ministry of Health. She is a 10-year-old female. She has a history of contact with backyard birds,” said John Jabbour, an official with the World Health Organisation in Cairo.
The fresh infection brought the number of human cases of avian influenza in Egypt to 35, of which 14 have died. Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported that the girl, from the southern town of Qena, was in hospital on a respirator.
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