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Egypt's 10th bird flu death this year, 3rd in extended family

Egypt's 10th bird flu death this year, 3rd in extended family

A brick factory worker is Egypt's tenth bird flu fatality, Egypt announced Wednesday, and the third member of his extended family to die of the deadly strain of H5N1.
Egypt's official Middle East News Agency reported that a Health Ministry statement identified the latest fatality as Ridha Abdelhaleem, 26.
Abdelhaleem was the third member to die in an extended family that lives in a single dwelling in Gharbiya province, north of the Egyptian capital, a Health Ministry official told the MENA agency.
Abdelhaleem lost a sister, 15, and a 30-year-old female cousin to the disease during the past week. All three were hospitalized in Cairo after testing positive for H5N1.
Bird flu was first detected in Egypt in February and has spread to at least 19 of the country's 26 provinces. Eighteen human cases of the disease have been confirmed in Egypt, which 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 : 2021-04-15 01:24 GMT+08:00