Egypt reports another H5N1 case

Egypt's health ministry reported another human case of H5N1 influenza in a 29-year-old woman from Menofia who died infection, according to the Egyptian State Information Service.

News of the latest human case came as Egypt's animal health officials detailed 33 new H5N1 outbreaks in poultry that have been confirmed since 1 February.

The notice of the woman's infection said her death brought the number of fatalities to 30 and raised the number of cases to as many as 99. When the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the latest Egyptian case on 10 February, it listed Egypt's total as 97 cases and 27 fatalities, so it's unclear if Egypt's tally includes H5N1 cases and deaths that haven't yet been reported to the WHO, reports state.

Meanwhile, the rise in human H5N1 infections seems to be following increased H5N1 activity in the country's s poultry. Egypt's Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) posted reports of 33 H5N1 detections since 1 February. The outbreaks hit birds in 12 regions, with the highest numbers of outbreaks in Dakahlia (7), Qalyubia (6), and Menofia (5).

Most of the outbreaks were detected in household birds, though the virus was detected at 4 farms.

Source: CIDRAP

Natalie Berkhout

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