Swine flu death toll rises to 22 in Egypt’s Sharqia: source
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

CAIRO: Swine flu (H1N1) has claimed the lives of 22 people in Delta’s Sharqia since October 2015, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Most of the cases that died in the governorate’s hospitals were “critical due to the late discovery of the infection,” undersecretary of health ministry in Sharqia was quoted by Youm7.

In 2009, Swine flu virus was declared as pandemic a mass outbreak worldwide, prompting Cairo to order the culling of all pigs in the country accordingly.

Egypt’s first death from swine flu in 2016 was reported in Aswan governorate.

A swine flu patient died in North Sinai early January, while nine suspected cases remain hospitalized. Three others died in the same governorate after contracting seasonal flu.

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

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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