1 dies of swine flu; 3 of seasonal flu in North Sinai in 3 weeks
Medical staff member - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A swine flu patient and three others who contracted seasonal flu died in North Sinai since Jan.4, according to a Thursday statement by the governorate.

At Arish hospital, nine patients with swine flu (H1N1) are waiting for the results of their medical tests; while 29 others who caught seasonal flu were treated and discharged.

In Delta’s Beheira governorate, a total of 211 cases tested positive to swine flu out of 466 suspected people who were held at hospitals, Youm7 quoted a medical source Wednesday. Some nine patients out of the total infected cases reportedly died.

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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