3 bird flu cases, one death reported in Egypt’s Sohag
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CAIRO: A 40-year-old woman died of H5N1 avian flu in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag Tuesday, undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for preventive medicine Amr Qandil told Youm7.

During the past three month, three new human cases of H5N1 infection were detected, of which one was fatal and the other two are being hospitalized, Qandil said.

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 previously told Youm7.

On March 29, a 27-year-old woman died of bird flu in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Sohag, marking the 15th death in the country from the disease in 2015, Youm7 reported.

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 the nearest hospital within 24 hours to increase chances of their recovery.

According to the State Information Service (SIS), around 2 million Egyptians directly deal with poultry; either by working in the poultry industry or raising poultry in their homes.

In both cases, they are outside the scope of supervision by the ministries of agriculture and health.

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.

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