New AI outbreak in Egypt
For the first time in months, the H5N1 strain of bird flu has been
reported in a domestic poultry farm in southern
According to a statement from the agriculture ministry, the new case was
reported in the village of Al-Rakakna, in the Sohag province, some 490
kilometres (305 miles) south of Cairo.
All poultry on the farm were slaughtered and tests are under way to check
that none of the people who had been in contact with the diseased animals were
The last human case of H5N1 reported in Egypt dates back to May.
Out of the 14 human cases of avian
influenza that have been reported among Egyptians since mid-March, six
turned out to be fatal and eight people recovered after being treated with the
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