Thursday, December 25, 2014

Egyptian MOH Announces 22nd H5N1 Case Of Year


Aswan Governorate – Credit Wikipedia


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After 3 weeks with nary a mention of bird flu, the Egyptian Ministry of Health has released their second update in three days, announcing their 22nd H5N1 case – and 10th fatality – of 2014. 


This brings to 18 the number of new cases reported since the middle of November – a substantial jump in H5N1 activity – as in all of 2013 only reported 4 cases and 3 deaths.

Whether these greater numbers indicate a change in the bird flu dynamic in Egypt, or simply represents improvements in surveillance and reporting over recent years is hard to know. 


For now, there are no indications of greater transmissibility of this virus, and all cases appear to have derived from direct contact with infected birds.

This (machine translation) from the Egyptian MOH.

Health: Results of the analyzes of the central laboratory confirm a positive case of N5H1 virus-infected

The Ministry of health and population of infection confirmed case new N5H1 (bird flu) for a child of five years of managing victory Nuba Aswan governorate, where he suffered from (fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing), and is suspected in the case, the mother reported close contact with sick birds suspected child being infected with bird flu, and went to the hospital fevers Nasr Nuba on 21/12/2014, and transferred to hospital in Aswan viruses 21/12/2014, chest x-ray showed that he was suffering from pneumonia And I need the child to respirators, were converted to the intensive care section of the hospital, Aswan University on 22/12/2014, and died on 24 December 2014 situation.

Bringing the total number of cases of bird flu in 2014 so far 22 cases (8 cases of healing, 4 cases under treatment, and 10 deaths).

Therefore calls upon the Ministry of health and population of citizens to go immediately to the nearest hospital to receive health service if they have flu symptoms that had infected with the bird flu drug Tamiflu within the first 24 hours of the onset of symptoms increases the healing rates of disease and reduces the mortality and Health Ministry advised people who deal with poultry caution and prudence when dealing with birds that show symptoms of the disease and the need to take preventive action to prevent infection such as covering your mouth and nose when dealing With poultry, wash hands with SOAP and water after handling birds and children not accompany poultry or slaughter premises as well as the need to separate from living birds.

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