The Ministry of Health and Population of Egypt reported March 11 a new confirmed human case of avian influenza, according to the World Health Organization. The new case is a one-and-a-half-year-old female from Menofia Governorate.

Her symptoms began on March 6, and she was hospitalized on March 9 where she remains in a stable condition. Infection with H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed on March 10 by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory.

Investigations into the source of her infection indicate a history of close contact with dead and sick poultry prior to becoming ill.

Of the 58 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 23 have been fatal.