Three in Egyptian family have bird flu
A World Health Organisation representative has
confirmed that three members of the same Egyptian family have tested positive
for bird flu.
Hassan el-Bushra, regional adviser for communicable diseases surveillance
at the World Health Organisation
was cited as
saying the family raised ducks, and the brother and sister had slaughtered the
flock after a number of ducks had become sick and died.
The patients have been moved to a hospital in Cairo and have been treated
with the drug oseltamivir, with the rest of the family being kept under close
medical surveillance, Bushra said.
The new cases bring the human infection toll
in Egypt to 18, seven of whom have dies from
the disease since the
first surfaced in Egyptian poultry in February.
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