Bird flu detected  in 16 locations in Upper Egypt
Bird flu

CAIRO: Bird flu has been detected and controlled in 16 locations; 14 of which were private property, and two at markets, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The cases were detected in January in Sohag, Qena and Aswan in Upper Egypt and in North Sinai, director of the Poultry Epidemics and Diseases at the Agriculture Ministry Moussa Suleiman told Youm7.

All birds at the said locations have been vaccinated, according to Moussa.

A 30-month old child died Jan. 16 of bird flu in the Delta’s Sharqia Jan. 16, Youm7 reported.

Fifteen patients reportedly infected with H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, were quarantined in hospitals in North Sinai where a state of emergency was declared, a medical source told Youm7 Jan. 15.

The Ministry of Health announced Jan. 14 that a total of 1,024 suspected cases of bird flu were reported nationwide since November 2015, adding that most cases tested negative for the disease.

The ministry added that 30 percent of the cases tested positive to the seasonal flu and responded to Tamiflu drug, calling on the people to take all protective measures against the virus infection.

On Dec. 23, 2015, Egypt banned importing birds in a precautionary measure against the bird flu virus until March, head of the Veterinary Department Sayed Gad el-Moula told Youm7.

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