CAIRO: A four-year old boy who contracted H5N1 in 2014 died Monday in a hospital in Abbasiya, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told The Cairo Post. The boy is the first H5N1 case to die in 2015.
Abdel Ghaffar said that the boy was among 29 cases that tested positive for the disease in 2014. He added that the four-year old boy living in Sheikh Zayed, in 6 of October city was in contact with birds.
Abdel Ghaffar also noted an increase in the number of H5N1 infected cases in Egypt, in comparison to 2013, which had only recorded four confirmed patients; three of whom died.
A Thursday statement by the Ministry of Health said that 11 died, 12 recovered and six others are still receiving treatment of the total 29 infected cases in 2014.
The ministry has announced three confirmed cases since the beginning of 2015.
The ministry has repeatedly urged citizens 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.