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Egyptian woman dies of bird flu as 2 other family members battle the disease

Egyptian woman dies of bird flu as 2 other family members battle the disease

An Egyptian woman died of bird flu Sunday, bringing to eight the number of people in Egypt who have succumbed to the disease since it was first detected here in February.
Intisar Fareed, 30, died Sunday after she and two members of members of an extended family living in a single dwelling in Gharbiya province, to the north of Cairo, tested positive for the deadly strain of avian flu.
Hassan el-Bushra, a regional adviser of the World Health Organization announced earlier Sunday that three people tested positive for the H5N1 virus, identifying the cases as a sister, 15, a brother, 26, and a 30-year-old cousin.
El-Bushra said the 30-year-old woman was hospitalized on Dec. 17 but did not tell medics until a few days later that she had been in contact with birds.
"Sunday's three cases brought the number of Egyptians who have contracted avian flu to 18, and the recent death has increased the death toll to eight cases," said doctor Sayyed el-Abbasi, a spokesman for the Health Ministry.
Fareed was hospitalized on Dec. 17 after suffering difficulty breathing and a fever.
El-Abbasi added that Fareed's infection is linked to exposure to diseased birds.
Bird flu was first detected in Egypt in February and has spread to at least 19 of the country's 26 provinces. Egypt lies on a migratory route for wild birds.
The discovery of avian flu in the Middle East has led to widespread culling of birds. The H5N1 strain has hit at least 45 countries and killed more than 150 people worldwide.
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Updated : 2021-04-10 19:17 GMT+08:00