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Egypt reports second bird flu death in days

Iran Press TV

Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:15AM GMT

An Egyptian woman has died of H5N1 bird flu after coming into contact with infected birds.

The country's health ministry announced in a statement on Tuesday the death of the 30-year-old woman. This is the second fatality in two days from the infectious viral disease

Health Ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghafar said the woman died at hospital in the southern province of Minya.

The death came just days after another woman died of bird flu in the neighboring province of Assiut on November 17.

Egypt has reported seven people being infected with H5N1 infection this year, of which three have died.

According the country's health ministry website, 180 cases have been reported since 2006, of which 36 percent, or 66 people, have died.

The bird flu cases in Egypt have mostly occurred in impoverished rural areas in the southern parts of the country, where often women tend to raise and slaughter poultry in the home.

The H5N1 strain has killed more than 400 people, mainly in Southeast Asia, since 2003. Another strain, H7N9, has claimed more than 170 lives since emerging in 2013.


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