18 die of swine flu in 3 governorates within a month
DNA test kits for the influenza A(H1N1) or swine flu virus. A new study has shown 70 children died in England from the virus in the 2009 outbreak Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images
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CAIRO: A total of 147 persons have contracted swine flu (H1N1) in the coastal governorate of Beheira, where six deaths from the virus were announced, according to Youm7.

Youm7 reported the death toll resulted from swine flu has reached 18 people in three governorates; North Sinai, Asyut and Beheira within a month.

A number of governorates declared a state of emergency at hospitals to prevent the spread of both swine flu and bird flu (H5N1,) during the winter season.

The first death from swine flu in 2016 was reported in Upper Egypt’s city of Aswan.

Officials denied a mass outbreak of the disease similar to that in 2009, where the virus was declared as pandemic; Cairo to order the culling of all pigs in the country accordingly.

In February 2014, swine flu resurfaced in Egypt as former Minister of Health Maha Rabat announced that a total 38 people died and other hundreds were hospitalized nationwide.

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.

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