"No Kisses After Today" bird flu campaign
An anti-kissing campaign has been launched in Egypt
by a Cairo paediatrician who wants to send out a clear warning about the practice
of kissing, which he believes can spread bird flu.
Adel Ashur founded an organisation named "No Kisses After Today". He says
that "smooching" can pass on several diseases, including avian influenza
"Despite cynical reactions at the beginning, the Egyptian intellectual
layer has started to take this idea seriously, understanding that this habit is
unhealthy," he told Albawaba.
Egyptian medical authorities have reported no cases of bird flu being
transmitted person to person in the country. Ashur, however, says that the virus
could be in the incubation phase with the person carrying it not exhibiting any
of the disease's symptoms, and fears an epidemic once that latency period is
A 4-year-old girl recently tested positive for bird flu, bringing the
number of people in Egypt infected with the deadly virus strain since February
2006 to 36.
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