Egypt has reported the country’s twenty-second human case of bird flu, this time in the governorate of Sharqiyah, about 160 kilometers (99.4 miles) northeast of the capital, Cairo.
Mohammed Ahmad Suleiman, a five-year-old boy, was admitted to a Cairo hospital on 15 february and is in a stable condition, health ministry spokesman Sayid Abbas said today in a telephone interview from the capital. The boy, who has been given Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu antiviral medicine, contracted the disease from playing with poultry at home, the spokesman said.
Nadia Abdul-Hafez, a 37-year-old-woman, died from bird flu on 16 February in the governorate of Fayoum, south of Cairo, raising the death toll from the virus in the North African country to 13. An Egyptian girl died from the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in Fayoum on 4 February.
Egypt is the country with the most deaths from the disease outside Asia. The virus is known to have infected 273 people in 11 countries since 2003, killing 166 of them, the World Health Organization said on 15 February.