Women more likely to contract bird flu in Egypt
A 17-year-old Egyptian girl, identified as Nora Nadi
of the city of Fayoum, about 44 miles south of Cairo, has died of bird flu. This
is the country's 12th death from the avian flu strain.
Nadi was admitted to hospital a week ago, Health Ministry official Abdel
Rahman Chahine said. It is not clear how Nadi contracted the virus, but other
Egyptians have become ill after coming in contact with infected birds which are
raised at home or while slaughtering or cleaning chicken.
In Egypt, women and girls tend to look after chickens and turkeys kept in
backyards, making them more vulnerable to avian flu. Twenty people have been
infected with the deadly H5N1 strain in Egypt so far. Of the 12 deaths, 11 have
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