Egypt death toll of bird flu rises to 2 in 2015
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CAIRO: A 65-year-old woman has died of H5N1 bird flu in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut, marking the second death from the disease in 2015, the Health Ministry stated Tuesday.

The ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said that a 3 year-old boy, who tested positive to H5N1 in al-Behira governorate earlier this month, has been successfully treated, recovered and has left the hospital, Youm7 reported.

On January 5, a 5-year-old boy from Upper Egypt’s governorate of Aswan died of bird flu, a disease that has first appeared in Egypt in 2006.

“There have been 12 bird flu cases in Egypt so far in 2015. Three cases have recovered, seven others are still being treated and two have died,” according to Abdel Ghaffar.

Most bird flu cases in Egypt have been detected in impoverished rural areas, where villagers are accustomed to raise poultry in the rooftop of their homes to supplement their diet, he added.

In 2014, death toll of bird flu in Egypt reached 10.

From 2003 until October 2014, there have been 686 cases testing positive for H5N1 globally, out of which 393 people have died, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report published in October.

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