Saturday, November 11, 2006
Egypt reports fresh bird flu infection
A new infection of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus among domestic fowls has been discovered in Egypt, the official news agency MENA reported Saturday.
The Health Ministry said that new infection was discovered in Luxor, some 680 km south of Cairo. Tests on domestic birds at the city’s Najaa al-Abayda Lab turned up positive for the H5N1 virus, said the ministry’s spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shahin.
The area has been quarantined and the birds were being culled, he said.
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