2m anti-bird flu posters distributed at public facilities across Egypt
An epidemiological map for bird flu - Reuters

CAIRO: Four ministries have cooperated with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in distributing two million posters to raise awareness about bird flu (H5N1) virus at schools and worship houses across Egypt, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Citizens living in impoverished rural areas are most vulnerable to contract the virus as they traditionally raise poultry on rooftops of their houses to supplement their diet. The campaign targets villagers who raise poultry estimated at 500 million heads.

Posters were distributed at different schools, mosques, churches, youth centers, medical and veterinary units and motherhood and childhood centers.

Sohair Abdel Kader, an advisor at FAO, told Youm7 that the national campaign to combat the infection with the avian virus is a part of an initiative encouraging secure slaughter of birds.

Abdel Kader also noted that the campaign aims to curb the infection of the virus through inhalation during the slaughter process.

The Agriculture Ministry carries out campaigns, during which it announces detecting and controlling bird flu virus at several locations, including private properties and markets, mostly in Upper Egypt.

Every year, cases contracting the virus are reported, especially during the winter season; the disease complications sometimes results in death.

In 2015, a total of 41 people have died of bird flu, compared to 10 deaths in 2014, according to the Health Ministry.

First appeared in Egypt in 2006, the virus is being treated by Tamiflu antiviral medication, and there is a strategic stock of it provided both as syrup and tablets, previously announced by the ministry.

Additional reporting by Ezz el-Nouby

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