The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population announced on March 28 that a 2-year-old girl has contracted highly pathogenic strain H5N1 of avian influenza virus infection, according to the Agence France Presse (French Press Agency).

It is the 60th case in Egypt since the beginning of 2006.

Avian influenza has caused the deaths of 23 persons in Egypt, predominantly young females and adult women, who are mainly responsible for the rearing of domestic poultry in rural areas.