Sixth Egyptian dies of bird flu

CAIRO (Reuters) - A 75-year-old woman died of bird flu in Egypt on Thursday, the sixth death caused by the disease, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said.

John Jabbour said the woman was from Minya in southern Egypt. She had been in contact with infected poultry, he said, quoting information provided by the Egyptian authorities.

Jabbour said the case had been reported too late for the antiviral Tamiflu treatment to have any effect. Infected people need to receive Tamiflu within two days of the appearance of bird flu symptoms, he said.

“This is what is going on in Egypt. Contact with infected poultry and late reporting of symptoms,” Jabbour said.

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