The Ministry of Health of Egypt has confirmed a new human case of H5N1 avian influenza, according to a report from the World Health Organization.

A 6-year-old boy from Shubra El Khema District, Qaliobia Governorate was admitted to Ain Shams University Hospital March 28 where he was started on oseltamivir April 3. He was exposed to sick/dead poultry prior to the illness onset and is in critical condition.

Of the 63 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 23 have been fatal.