Saturday, June 23, 2007

Egyptian boy tests positive for bird flu - report

CAIRO, June 23 (Reuters) - A four-year-old Egyptian boy has tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu virus, becoming the 37th human case in the Arab country, the official Middle East News Agency reported on Saturday.

It quoted a health ministry statement identifying the boy as Emad Mohamed el-Daramalli from the Upper Egypt province of Qena.

He was admitted to hospital in Qena on Thursday suffering high fever after being exposed to birds suspected of having bird flu, MENA qouted the ministry as saying. He was taken to a hospital in the capital Cairo and is in a stable condition.

Fifteen of Egypt’s bird flu cases have proven fatal.

Daramalli is the third human bird flu case from Qena over the past month after a lull of nearly two months. Egyptian officials had said they expected the virus to lie low during the hot summer, following the pattern it set last year after the initial outbreak in February 2006.

Bird flu story source: Reuters

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