47-yr-old dies from bird flu
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CAIRO: A 47-year old man with bird flu (H5N1) died Monday night at a hospital in Cairo, Youm7 reported.

The man, originally from Delta’s Kafr el-Sheikh, contracted the virus and was transferred to a fever hospital in Cairo three days ago.

On Jan.16, a 30-month old child died from the virus in Delta’s Sharqia.

The Ministry of Health previously announced 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.

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

The virus first appeared in Egypt in 2006, and caused 41 deaths during 2015. Most cases are detected in impoverished rural areas that raise poultry.

The Health Ministry repeatedly urged all residents dealing with poultry to take all protective measures against the virus.

Furthermore, Egypt is currently fighting H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in governorates, where an emergency state was raised to prevent an outbreak similar to that in 2009.

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