After going nearly two years and only reporting 8 human H5N1 cases, Egypt over the past 6 weeks has announced 19 new infections, primarily among members of rural households where chickens are raised.
Whether this spike in cases is indicative of a change on the ground, or simply better surveillance and reporting, is difficult to ascertain.
Today the 23rd case of the year is being reported by numerous media outlets, a 30 year-old female from Monufia Governorate who is currently on a respirator. She reportedly had contact with dead or dying chickens. Thus far, all of these cases appear to be the result of contact with infected birds.
The Ministry of Health, the high numbers of injured, "bird flu" during 2014 so far, bringing the number of infected cases, 23 cases of the virus, have recovered 8, and 5 cases still under treatment, while 10 recorded deaths.
The ministry revealed in an official statement on Saturday, wounding a new confirmed case of HIV N5H1 "bird flu," the old lady of 30 years managing Ashmun Monofia.
The ministry statement said that the lady was suffering from "fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing," and admitted to Bzhabha Ashmun Hospital for treatment, was suspected case as a result of a previous history of contact with sick birds suspected of being infected with bird flu.
The statement added that the transfer of the case to Shebin fevers Hospital dated, showing the chest x-ray to be suffering from pneumonia, and the need for a respirator, noting that he has been transferred the case to the Abbasid hospital and her condition public unstable. At the end of the statement, Ministry of Health called on citizens go immediately to the nearest hospital for medical service in the case of flu symptoms to them, noting that the receipt of the injured bird drug "Tamiflu" flu during the first 24 hours of the onset of symptoms increases the cure rates of the disease and reduce mortality rates.