A new confirmed human case of avian influenza was reported by the Ministry of Health of Egypt on May 15. The patient is a 5-year-old girl from Tama District, Sohag Governorate.
Her symptoms began on May 7 and she was admitted in Sohag Fever Hospital on May 9, reported ProMED. She received oseltamivir and is in stable condition.
The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories on May 10. Investigations into the source of the infection indicated close contact with dead and sick poultry.
The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported the deaths of previously confirmed cases of H5N1:
- 6-year-old boy from Qaliobia Governorate;
- 33-year-old woman from Kfr El Sheikh Governorate; and
- 25-year-old woman from Cairo Governorate.
Twenty-six of the 69 cases confirmed in Egypt have been fatal.