A new case of avian influenza was reported by the Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt, according to information from the World Health Organization.

A 38-year-old female from the Elfath District, Assiut Governorate, reportedly started with a fever and a headache on March 14. She was admitted to Assiut Fever Hospital and started on oseltamivir the same day. As of March 23 she was reported as remaining in stable condition.

The Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory confirmed the infection with H5N1 avian influenza on March 18. The release said that the woman had been in close contact with dead and sick poultry prior to becoming ill.

Of Egypt's 59 confirmed cases of AI, 23 have been fatal.