CAIRO: A 36-year-old woman died of H5N1 avian flu in Cairo Wednesday, marking the sixth death in the country from the disease in 2015, the Health Ministry announced.
So far, the ministry reported 21 bird flu cases diagnosed this year. They include eight cases which have been treated, seven undergoing treatment and six deaths, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
Most avian flu cases in Egypt have been detected in impoverished rural areas, where villagers are accustomed to raising poultry on the rooftops of their homes to supplement their diet, Ahmed Abdel Hamed, a former health ministry official from Asyut told Youm7.
The disease first appeared in Egypt in 2006. The death toll of bird flu in the country reached 10 in 2014.
From 2003 until October 2014, there were 686 cases testing positive for H5N1 globally, of which 393 people have died, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) report published in October.
During the first week of January, a 5-year-old boy and a 65-year-old woman from Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut both died after contracting H5N1.