Egypt’s 2015 bird flu death toll rises to 11
Ministry of Health - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A 35 year-old man died of H5N1 avian flu in Cairo Thursday, marking the 11th  death in the country from the disease in 2015, the Health Ministry announced Friday.

Three new cases have also been discovered and the patients have been hospitalized, according to the statement.

“The infected patients include a two-year-old child in Delta governorate of Beheira, a 42-year-old man in Cairo and a 39-year-old man from Delta governorate of Sharqia,” stated the ministry.

So far, 33 reported bird flu cases diagnosed this year. They include 10 cases which have recovered, 12 undergoing treatment and 11 deaths, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

Most avian flu cases in Egypt have been detected in impoverished rural areas, where villagers traditionally raise poultry on the rooftops of their homes to supplement their diet, Ahmed Abdel Hamed, a former health ministry official previously told Youm7.

The disease first appeared in Egypt in 2006. The death toll of bird flu in the country reached 10 in 2014.

The health ministry has repeatedly urged citizens, who deal with poultry and livestock, to be cautious and take preventive measures to avoid infection. It also called on those who suffer from symptoms of the flu to head to nearest hospital within 24 hours to increase the chances of their recovery.

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

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