The Egyptian Ministry of Health has announced their 27th H5N1 case of the year, their 23rd case since mid-November, that of a 3 year-old child from Giza Governorate. They also announced their 11th fatality, that of a 30 year-old woman from Menofia.
After going two years during which time they only reported 8 cases, the past six weeks has seen a major jump in human infections, with announcements coming almost daily this past week.
While concerning, there are no signs of community spread or large clusters of cases, and for now the risk appears to be associated with having direct contact with infected birds. H5N1 became endemic in Egyptian Poultry shortly after its arrival in 2006, and government attempts to reduce the home raising of birds, and to close live markets have been met with strong public resistance.
The Ministry of health and population of infection for confirmed case بڤيرس (N5H1) by bird flu for a child of three years of Giza governorate, where he suffered from heat – cough, and patient on 26/12/2014 to viruses of the Abbasid and the chest x-ray showed pneumonia, was suspected in the case of avian influenza on 26/12/2014, has emerged as a result of the sample positive for bird flu virus H5N1 in central laboratory on 29/12/2014 and the general condition of the patient is critical.
As the Ministry of health and population on death cases of the bird flu virus is an old lady 30 years from Menofia Governorate, management of Southend, died in a hospital, abbassia, bringing the total number of cases of bird flu in 2014 so far 27, 12 cases of healing, 4 cases under treatment, 11 deaths
Therefore 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 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 to be careful and prudent when dealing with birds that show symptoms of the disease and the need to take preventive action to prevent such infection cover The mouth and nose when handling 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.
Source: Media Center