Friday, February 16, 2007

Egypt reports 13th bird flu death

CAIRO, Egypt (AP)—An Egyptian woman died early Friday of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, bringing the number of deaths in the country to 13, a government official said.

Nadia Abdel Hafez, a 37-year-old housewife from the oasis town of Fayoum, had been admitted to a local clinic on Monday.

After tests revealed the H5N1 virus, Abdel Hafez was transferred to a hospital in Cairo, some 70 kilometers (45 miles) to the north, where her condition was initially reported as stable.

But she died in the early hours of Friday, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The World Health Organization has reported that mutations have been found in two fatalities in Egypt. The virus had mutated to a form that might be resistant to Tamiflu, a drug also known as oseltamivir.

The WHO said the mutations were not drastic enough to spark a pandemic, but more mutations could prompt scientists to rethink current treatment strategies.

Avian influenza story source: AP

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