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Egyptian girl dies of bird flu, the country's 9th avian flu death this year

Egyptian girl dies of bird flu, the country's 9th avian flu death this year

A girl died of bird flu on Monday, the second such death in two days and one that brought the avian flu toll to nine fatalities this year, the Ministry of Health said.
In a statement, the ministry did not name the teenager, but it said she was admitted to hospital on Dec. 20 and diagnosed as having the fatal H5N1 virus three days later.
The 15-year-old girl died in Abassiya Hospital in Cairo, according to the statement carried by the semi-official Middle East News Agency.
On Sunday, the Cairo bureau of the World Health Organization reported the death of Intisar Fareed, 30, of bird flu.
A WHO official, Hassan el-Bushra, said Fareed and three members of her extended family _ a sister, 15, a brother, 26, and a cousin, 30 _ had tested positive for H5N1. They live in a house in Gharbiya province, north of Cairo.
The girl who died Monday is believed to be Fareed's sister.
Eighteen people have been reported to have contracted avian flu since it was detected in Egypt in February. The virus 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 the 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 : 2021-02-28 09:32 GMT+08:00