79 people contract swine flu H1N1 in Beheira in 15 days
Swine flu Virus

CAIRO: A total of 79 people have contracted swine flu (H1N1) during the past 15 days in Delta’s Beheira, Youm7 quoted a source at health directorate in the governorate Saturday.

One of the patients died in Damanhur city, the source added.

The patients were among some 221 quarantined cases suspected of carrying the virus.

Beheira governorate has raised a state of emergency at all hospitals, as the risk of infection rises during the winter.

On Wednesday, three patients suffering from the virus died at North Sinai’s Arish General Hospital.

Hospital director Ahmed Azmy told Youm7 “there is no danger of a mass outbreak in the governorate,” after the governorate raised emergency state at hospitals to prevent spread of the virus, according to his statements to Youm7.

On Jan.2, a 45-five-year old H1N1 patient died after being quarantined at Upper Egypt’s Aswan University Hospital for more than 10 days, Youm7 reported.

In 2009, the virus was declared pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). It killed hundreds in Egypt during the same year, prompting the government to cull thousands of pigs in attempt to prevent its spread.

Egypt is also witnessing annual deaths due to avian flu virus (H5N1,) with the death toll reaching 41 in 2015. The virus first appeared in the country in 2006 with most cases detected in impoverish rural areas that raise poultry.

The Health Ministry has announced combating the virus via medications, awareness campaigns and most recently by imposing a ban on importing poultry from certain states that suffers an outbreak

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