Egypt’s death toll of H5N1 rises to 11 in 2014: Health Ministry
Health Minister Adel al-Adawy - YOUM7/Amr Mostafa

CAIRO: The Ministry of Health announced in a statement Thursday that 29 cases have been tested positive for the bird flu disease (H5N1) during 2014, 11 of whom died.

The statement also said that 12 cases have recovered and six others are still receiving medical treatment.

It also called on those who live and work around poultry to be careful and take precautions to prevent infection.

Poultry farming—a major source of employment for many rural Egyptians—is a common reason for the spread of the virus in Egypt. The virus prevails in parts of Asia and northeast Africa, but Egypt for the most part has not seen heavy infection rates.

The virus first appeared in Egypt in February 2006, when 14 people were infected, six of those cases were fatal, according to the State Information Service.

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