CAIRO: The death toll of the patients who contracted H5N1 bird flu virus rose to eight in 2015 after a death case for a five-year-old boy in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut was reported Friday, according to Ministry of Health.
In a Friday statement, the ministry said a new case was infected with the virus; it was for a 60- year- old woman in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Gharbia.
So far, the ministry reported 25 bird flu cases diagnosed this year. They include eight cases which have recovered, nine undergoing treatment and eight have died.
The ministry has repeatedly urged citizens, who live and work around poultry, to be careful and take precautions to prevent infection.
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.