CAIRO: The Ministry of Health has distributed 250,000 bottles of Tamiflu to hospitals and health care units in all governorates to treat patients who have contracted H5N1, also known as avian flu, reported Youm7 Monday.
Youm7 quoted Assistant Minister of Health for Preventive Medicine Affairs Amr Kandil as saying that there are 700,000 bottles at the ministry’s stores.
The ministry has also provided hospitals with 100 million masks among other prevention supplies for infection control.
Health Ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel Ghaffar told The Cairo Post Monday that the death toll of H5N1 has reached 3 during 2015, with 17 confirmed cases. The last death, reported on Jan. 16, was a 43-year-old woman in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut.
According to Abdel Ghaffar, the H5N1 virus, which first appeared in Egypt in 2006, has not changed its characteristics in the country so far and is transmitted from infected birds to humans who come into contact with them.
“The virus has not yet been proved to transmit between humans,” added Abdel Ghaffar.