Egypt’s count of bird flu cases in humans climbed to 66 after an 18-month-old girl was confirmed to have contracted the virus, reported state media April 19.

In comparison to the period between January 1 to April 17, 2008, the number of Egyptians infected with the pathogenic virus has more than doubled, with 15 confirmed cases so far this year, according to a story from Reuters.


The virus has claimed 254 lives and infected at least 412 people in 15 countries since 2003. More than 300 million birds in 61 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Europe have been culled in a bid to prevent the virus’ spread.