Six days ago in Meanwhile, Back In Egypt . . . ., I mentioned that in the wake of 3 recent H5N1 cases, there were numerous reports of additional cases hospitalized, in isolation, awaiting test results. Since then the media murmurs have continued, but today we’ve an announcement from the Ministry of Health indicating at least four more have tested positive.
- 2 y.o. female Minya – recovered
- 40 y.o. male Minya – Died
- 29 y.o. female Minya – Died
- 25 y.o. female Beni Suef – Died
This brings to 7, the number of Egyptian H5N1 cases reported over the past couple of weeks.
The Ministry of health and population has announced that it has confirmed three cases of the Minya governorate with the bird flu virus, and that for the first and two-year-old girl were healing, and the second case of a 40-year-old died after admission to hospital too late due to ill health since suffering from double pneumonia, difficulty breathing and was put on a ventilator, the third is for The 29-year-old from Minya province Minya Manager "and entering the hospital in Minya had viruses pneumonia in the left side, difficulty in breathing and died, while the fourth case came to a 25-year-old-housewife from Beni suef governorate ihnasiya village Manager" and there is a history of the birds she developed symptoms and was booked in the Beni suef hospital viruses today and was given Tamiflu treatment in double dose but that her condition was critical and was experiencing difficulty in Breathing, leading to her death. And so the total number of cases of bird flu this year has reached (11) if six of them died. the Minister of health has issued strict instructions to all contacts of cases for the possibility of early detection in the case of any side effects to them.
This, in view of the emergence of some positive bird flu well in Minya province and within the framework of coordination between the ministries of health and veterinary medicine, the Health Minister, Dr. Adel infection and people to meet with the Chief of veterinary services on Sunday 30/11/2014 stand-up epidemiological and tighten precautionary measures taken for the early detection of cases and raising awareness among citizens and enhance co-operation with veterinary medicine at the Central, departmental and health and veterinary administrations.
And calls upon the Ministry of health and population of citizens who handle poultry to go immediately to the nearest hospital to receive health service if they have flu symptoms, where the infected bird flu drug Tamiflu within the first 48 hours of onset of symptoms increases the rates of recovery from the disease of mortality, the Health Ministry advised people who deal with poultry must cover your mouth and nose when handling poultry, wash hands with SOAP and water after handling birds and children not accompany poultry or slaughter places As well as the need to separate from living birds.
Source: Media Center
While a far cry from 2011, when Egypt saw 39 cases and 15 fatalities, this late year bird flu surge is a reminder that the H5N1 virus continues to circulate in poultry and poses a threat to human health.
For now, the virus remains primarily adapted to birds, and human-to-human transmission has only rarely been recorded.
The concern is, that given enough time and opportunities, the virus could better adapt to human physiology and prove a serious global health concern in the future.