Further bird flu outbreak in Egypt
Another case of H5N1 avian flu in birds has been confirmed in Egypt,
according to Ministry of Health officials and World Health Organisation (WHO)
The infected birds were found in a house near Aswan, in Upper Egypt, where
they were raised in a family backyard.
WHO spokesman Hassan el-Bushra said that the
infected animals have now been culled. He said that Ministry of Health officials
are following WHO-approved control measures.
Animals within a one-kilometre radius of the site of infection have been
culled and removed for sterile burial.
Outside Asia, Egypt has suffered the worst avian
flu outbreaks, with fourteen human cases of bird flu discovered since
mid-March, and six human fatalities. The most recent case was a 75-year-old
woman who died on 18 May.
The first cases of avian flu among poultry were announced in mid-February,
leading to the cull of more than 20 million birds nationwide, up until May.
Specialists say that the overwhelming majority of human cases in Egypt have
been women who were infected by domestically kept birds.
Shortly after the bird flu cases were first discovered, a law was passed
banning domestic breeding in urban areas. No ban exists in rural areas, however,
where domestic breeding is more widespread and is the livelihood of many
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