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    Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

    27 Dec 2006 13:07:50 GMT

    CAIRO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Egyptian man died of bird flu on Wednesday after 10 days in hospital, an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) told Reuters.

    Brick factory worker Rida Farid Abdel Halim was the third member of an extended family in the Nile Delta province of Gharbia to die of the disease, said Hassan el-Bushra, WHO regional adviser for communicable diseases surveillance.

    It was the 10th death from bird flu in Egypt since an outbreak of the deadly virus started in February.

    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27501060.htm
    ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

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    Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

    Egypt reports tenth bird flu death


    CAIRO (AFP) - A 26-year-old Egyptian man has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu.

    Reda Abdel Halim Farid, from the central Nile Delta region of Zifta, is the tenth person to have died in Egypt after contracting the deadly strain, the health ministry in Cairo said Wednesday.

    In a statement carried by the Egyptian news agency MENA, the health ministry said Farid died in a Cairo hospital. He had previously been admitted to a hospital in Zifta, in the Gharbiya governorate.

    He was tested in the Cairo hospital after having been treated with the drug Tamiflu, but the results still showed signs of the deadly bird flu strain.

    Farid is the third person from Zifta to have died from the virus.

    On Monday, a 15-year-old girl died from the disease, and on Sunday a 30-year-old woman also died.

    The ministry said it had conducted tests with persons close to Farid and there were no signs of the virus in any of them.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061227...t_061227131203
    ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
    Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

    ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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      Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

      Commentary at

      http://www.recombinomics.com/News/12...a_Fatal_3.html

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        Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

        (Adds details, WHO, background)
        CAIRO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - A 26-year-old Egyptian man died of bird flu on Wednesday, the third member of his extended family to die of the virus, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official told Reuters.
        Brick factory worker Rida Farid Abdel Halim from the Nile Delta province of Gharbia had been in hospital for 10 days, Hassan el-Bushra, WHO regional adviser for communicable diseases surveillance, said.
        It was the 10th death from bird flu in Egypt since an outbreak of the virus started in February.
        Bushra said Egypt had no other bird flu patients receiving treatment. Eight Egyptians had contracted the disease and recovered.
        A 15-year-old girl from the factory worker's family died on Monday and a female relative died the day before, raising concerns about the possibility of human-to-human transmission.
        But John Rainford, a spokesman at WHO headquarters, said: "The evidence that we have so far seems to be putting it into a context similar to other cases that have emerged since February... What we do know so far seems to suggest that the cases do not necessarily stand out."
        The family had raised ducks at home, and the brother and sister had slaughtered the flock after ducks fell sick and died.
        The man showed symptoms of the disease on Dec. 14 and was admitted to a rural hospital three days later. He started receiving Tamiflu treatment on Dec. 20 after a second case appeared in his family and the medical staff learned that he may have come into contact with poultry, Bushra said.
        Bird flu has killed at least 156 people worldwide since 2003, according to WHO figures. People can contract the virus by coming into contact with infected poultry but experts fear the virus could mutate into a form that passes easily from human to human, sparking a pandemic that could kill millions.
        The outbreak of bird flu did extensive damage to the Egyptian poultry industry this year but preventive measures appear to have contained the disease.
        Before the latest three deaths, only one person had died of the disease in Egypt since May.

        http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L27508270.htm

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          http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_12_27a/en/

          Avian influenza in Egypt

          27 December 2006

          The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population has informed WHO of three new human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection. All three cases belong to one extended family in Gharbiyah province, 80 kilometres northwest of the capital city, Cairo. While being transferred and cared for at the country's designated avian influenza hospital, a 30 year-old female, a 15 year-old girl and a 26 year-old male died. The most recent death occurred on 27 December. The cases reportedly had contact with sick poultry (ducks).

          Clinical specimens from the three cases were tested positive for avian influenza A(H5N1) virus by Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory. The virus was also detected in specimens from two of the three patients by US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3). The samples will be sent to WHO Collaborating Centre for further testing including virus characterization.

          The Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population is conducting further investigations and has initiated public health measures. The other family members remain healthy and have been placed under close observation.

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            Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

            Originally posted by Jeremy
            http://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_12_27a/en/

            Avian influenza in Egypt

            27 December 2006

            Clinical specimens from the three cases were tested positive for avian influenza A(H5N1) virus by Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory. The virus was also detected in specimens from two of the three patients by US Naval Medical Research Unit No.3 (NAMRU-3). The samples will be sent to WHO Collaborating Centre for further testing including virus characterization.
            Full sequences of all 8 gene segments for the above two isolates, as well as the Sept case, would be useful.

            Of interest is M230I in HA as well as the additional polymorphisms acquired via recombination from other Qinghai strains circulating in the region.

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              Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

              It will also naturally be of great interest to compare the three sequences for evidence of clonality (h2h transmission).

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                Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

                Originally posted by Sharpe
                It will also naturally be of great interest to compare the three sequences for evidence of clonality (h2h transmission).
                Both common source and H2H should give similar sequences.

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                  Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

                  Tanta - Atef Khamaisa : <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
                  أعلنت وزارة الصحة أمس وفاة الحالة العاشرة بمرض انفلونزا الطيور. لحق رضا عبدالحليم فريد- 16 سنة- بشقيقته انتصار- 16 سنة- وابنة عمه شفية- 17 سنة- اللتين توفيتا منذ ثلاثة أيام بنفس المرض. كان الضحايا الثلاث قد تم حجزهم بمستشفي حميات زفتي ونقلهم الي مستشفي الصدر بالعباسية لعلاجهم من المرض. يتم تشييع جثمان رضا بقريته كفر حانوت بزفتي اليوم. وناقش مجلس الوزراء أمس تقريرا حول عودة الاصابات بمرض انفلونزا الطيور.
                  The Ministry of Health announced yesterday the death of the ten contracted avian flu. Right Reza Farid Abd-16-year-Bshqiqeth victory-16 years - and his cousin Shafih-17 years - who died three days ago the same disease. The three victims had been detained pathogenesis Main Hospital and transferred to the chest Abbassiya Hospital for treatment of the disease. Reza is the funeral in his village of Kafr shop Pzfti today. The Cabinet discussed the report yesterday on the return of incidence of avian flu.
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                    Originally posted by Sharpe
                    It will also naturally be of great interest to compare the three sequences for evidence of clonality (h2h transmission).
                    And Tamiflu resistance. When the details of symptom onset & antiviral administration timing are clarified this question will also be answered.

                    These labs must be very busy with all these cases, but I trust they'll do their usual thorough transparent reporting as soon as they're able.

                    .
                    "The next major advancement in the health of American people will be determined by what the individual is willing to do for himself"-- John Knowles, Former President of the Rockefeller Foundation

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                      Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

                      Another translation

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                      إصابة ٧ حالات بشرية جديدة بأعراض مشابهة لأنفلونزا الطيور في الغربية والشرقية
                      Injuring seven new human cases of symptoms similar to bird flu in the Western and Eastern

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                      ارتفع عدد الحالات البشرية المشتبه في إصابتها بأنفلونزا الطيور إلي ٧ حالات جديدة في الغربية والشرقية أمس.قال الدكتور السيد الحسيني، وكيل وزارة الصحة بالغربية: نقلنا ثلاث مريضات إلي مستشفي حميات طنطا وهن: نورا صالح عبدالمنعم ?٢٥ سنة ـ ربة منزل? من قرية سبطاس بمركز طنطا،
                      The number of suspected human cases infected with avian influenza in the seven new cases in the Western and Eastern yesterday. Said Mr. Husseini, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health enough : We reported three patients to the hospital in Tanta They regimens : Nura Saleh Abdel-Moneim ?25? housewife from the village of Tanta Sptas status,

                      وآمال مصيلحي إسماعيل ?٢٨ سنة ـ ربة منزل? ، وهانم أحمد فتوح الراعي ?٥١ سنة ـ ربة منزل? من شبرا قاص، بمركز السنطة، لأخذ عينات وإرسالها للمعامل المركزية، كما تم أخذ عينات من ٣٣ فردا من أسرة انتصار فريد عبدالحميد من قرية كفر حانون مركز زفتي، التي توفيت أمس الأول، ويرقد شقيقها ?رضا? ٢٦ سنة، وابنة شقيقها ?شفية عبدالحليم? ١٦ سنة في مستشفي صدر العباسية.
                      And hopes of the possibility of Ismail ?28 years homemaker?, ma'am Ahmed Fatuh sponsor ?51 years homemaker? from Shubra Waqqas, the status Alsentah, sampling and sent to the labs Central, has also been taking samples from 33 members of a family victory Farid Abdul Hamid of the village of Kafr Hanoun Center Main, who died yesterday, and buried her brother ?Reza? 26 years, and his son, brother ?Shafih saying? 16 years in the hospital issued Abbasiya.

                      وأعلن الدكتور محمد الرجبي مدير مستشفي حميات المحلة عن احتجاز حالتين للاشتباه فيإصابتهما بأنفلونزا الطيور هما: سونة محمد النجار ?٥٥ سنة? من قرية صفط التراب، وإفراج السيد محمد ?٥٢ سنة? من قرية شبرا بابل، وإرسال عينات منهما للمعامل المركزية.
                      Dr. Mohamed Al-Rajabi hospital director pathogenesis of Mahala on the detention of two suspected avian influenza Fayasapthma are : Suna Mohammad Najjar ?? 55 years of the village of Soft soil, and the release of Mr. Mohamed ?? 52 years of the village of Shubra Babylon, and sending samples of their central labs.

                      وشيع مواطنو ?كفر حانون? جثمان ?انتصار? أمس الأول، وسط أحزان أسرتها، التي كانت تستعد لإقامة حفل زفاف ابنة شقيقها المريضة ?شافية?. كما أعلن الدكتور عطية عبدالعزيز، مدير مديرية الطب البيطري في الشرقية عن نقل أمل حسن فوزي من منطقة موقف المنصورة بالزقازيق، وابنتها ?فتحية سعيد? إلي مستشفي حميات الزقازيق.
                      And so many of the citizens of Kafr Hanoun ?? ?victory? body yesterday, amid the grief of her family, which was preparing for a wedding ceremony in his ailing brother ?satisfactory?. Also, Dr. Attiya Aziz, Director of the Directorate of veterinary medicine in the eastern hope Hassan Fawzi transfer from the position of Mansoura She, and her daughter, Fathiya Said ?? to the hospital pathogenesis of Zagazig.

                      وفي الغربية قرر المحافظ الشافعي الدكروري استمرار غلق محال بيع الدواجن الحية وحظر تداولها في الأسواق. وأعلنت محافظات عديدة حالة استنفار لمواجهة أنفلونزا الطيور.
                      In Western governor decided Shafie Aldkruri continued closure of shops selling live chickens and ban circulated in the markets. Declared several provinces alert to cope with avian flu.

                      المصدر: المصري اليوم
                      Source : Egypt Today
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                        Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

                        <table class="lan18" align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="95%"><tbody><tr><td class="lan18" align="center" height="30" valign="bottom">Egypt faces grim bird flu situation</td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#006699" height="1">
                        </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="50%"> <tbody><tr> <td height="5">
                        </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table class="hui12" align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="95%"> <tbody><tr> <td align="center">www.chinaview.cn 2006-12-29 06:25:45 </td> </tr> </tbody></table> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="50%"> <tbody><tr> <td height="10">
                        </td> </tr> </tbody></table>
                        CAIRO, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Egypt witnessed three human bird flu death cases in only four days, the death toll of the human bird flu cases in the country rose to 10 and aroused some worries about spreading of the deadly disease.
                        Reda Abdel Halim Farid, a 26-year-old man from a big family living in the Egyptian Delta governorate of Gharbiya, some 90 km north of Cairo, died of the deadly H5N1 virus on Wednesday, became the third casualty in a week after another two members of the family, a 30-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl, who died on Sunday and Monday respectively.
                        On the current bird flu situation in Egypt, Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine told Xinhua that the situation seems to be dangerous but it is under control, specially as people start to recognize how dangerous the virus is and directly inform the authorities of any suspected cases.
                        "H5N1 is a serious threat in Egypt and we set up a plan to take measures in cooperation with other ministries to deal with this problem," Shahine said.
                        He added that Egypt is cooperating with the World Health Organization and the EU among others to provide some vaccines to face the disease.
                        For his part, Egyptian Ministry of Environment senior official Ahmed el-Emary said that there would be serious problems during next March, the birds immigration season, when hundreds of birds come from the EU through Egypt on their way to Africa.
                        As for measures taken by the Egyptian government to deal with the grim situation, Egyptian cabinet spokesman Magdi Radi said that the country has designed a comprehensive plan in order to face the issue and a big number of Tamiflu, a kind of medicine against the bird flu disease, have already been imported.
                        Meanwhile, Radi asked people to stop buying alive birds to eat, recommending that it is better to change their habits and buy slaughtered birds which have been done under the supervision of the authorities.
                        The first bird flu case in Egypt was found in dead poultry on Feb. 17, 2006 and then the virus spread to 20 of the country's 26governorates, with the first human bird flu case in the Arab country reported on March 18, 2006.
                        Since then, a total of 18 reported human bird flu cases have been reported, among which 8 persons were cured.


                        http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...nt_5544665.htm
                        "We are in this breathing space before it happens. We do not know how long that breathing space is going to be. But, if we are not all organizing ourselves to get ready and to take action to prepare for a pandemic, then we are squandering an opportunity for our human security"- Dr. David Nabarro

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                          Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

                          For the record:

                          Ministry of health announces death of the 10th case with bird flu in Egypt, 27/12/2006

                          The Ministry of Health announced today 27/12/2006 the death of the 10th human case resulting in bird flu.

                          The case is for a 26-years-old man living in Zifta, Gharbia Governorate. The case was transferred to the hospital due to being in contact with infected fowls.

                          Epidemic test was practiced with family members to clean the infection focus and they all tested negative.

                          This case is the 10th dead case among 18 human cases since discovery of virus in Egypt in February 2006.

                          http://birdflu.sis.gov.eg/html/flu0102218.htm
                          ?Addressing chronic disease is an issue of human rights ? that must be our call to arms"
                          Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief The Lancet

                          ~~~~ Twitter:@GertvanderHoek ~~~ GertvanderHoek@gmail.com ~~~

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                            Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

                            AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN (192): EGYPT, CORRECTION
                            ***********************************************
                            A ProMED-mail post
                            <http://www.promedmail.org>
                            ProMED-mail is a program of the
                            International Society for Infectious Diseases
                            <http://www.isid.org>

                            [A discrepancy has arisen between the number of human cases and
                            deaths listed in a 27 Dec 2006 ProMED posting on the outbreak of
                            avian influenza in Egypt (Avian influenza, human (191): Egypt
                            20061227.3624), which are one fewer than the numbers of cases and
                            deaths now listed in the most recent cumulative total released by the
                            World Health Organisation (WHO) on 27 Dec 2006
                            (<http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/country/cases_table_2006_12_27/en/index.html>).

                            The error may have arisen from the ProMED Moderator's assumption that
                            the 30-year-old woman described in Avian influenza, human (189):
                            Egypt 20061224.3602 of 24 Dec 2006 was the same person as the woman
                            described in the WHO update of 27 Dec 2006 quoted in Avian influenza,
                            human (192): Egypt, WHO 20061228.3634 of 28 Dec 2006.

                            The CIDRAP News report of Wed 27 Dec 2006 which is consistent with
                            the WHO case and fatality counts is reproduced here to restore
                            clarity. - Mod.CP]

                            ******
                            Date: Wed 27 Dec 2006
                            From: ProMED-mail <promed@promedmail.org>
                            Source: CIDRAP News, Wed 27 Dec 2006 [edited]
                            <http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/dec2706egypt.html>


                            A 26-year-old Egyptian man died of H5N1 avian influenza today [27 Dec
                            2006], the World Health Organization (WHO) reported, bringing to 3
                            the number of deaths from the disease since Christmas Eve [24 Dec
                            2006]. A 30-year-old woman died 24 Dec 2006, and a 15-year-old girl
                            died 25 Dec, several media outlets reported. The 3 patients become
                            Egypt's 16th, 17th, and 18th cases and the country's 8th, 9th, and 10th deaths.

                            All 3 patients were from an extended family living in the Gharbiya
                            province in the Nile Delta, about 50 miles northwest of Cairo, the
                            WHO reported. The patients died while being transferred and cared for
                            at Egypt's designated avian influenza hospital. Samples from the 3
                            patients tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza at the Egyptian
                            Central Public Health Laboratory. The virus was also detected in
                            samples from 2 of the patients in tests conducted at the US Naval
                            Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3). The WHO said the samples will be
                            sent to the WHO Collaborating Center for further testing and virus
                            characterization.

                            The WHO said other family members remain healthy and are under close
                            observation. The Egyptian health ministry is conducting further
                            investigations and has initiated public health measures. The 3
                            patients lived with 33 members of an extended family in a compound in
                            the town of Hanut, the New York Times reported today. The woman and
                            man were reported to be siblings, and the girl, their niece. They
                            reportedly fell ill after slaughtering ducks for a cousin's wedding,
                            the Times reported.

                            The new cases and deaths aren't surprising, Abdel Rahman Shaheen, an
                            advisor to Egypt's health ministry, told Agence France-Presse today.
                            "When we had a period of calm between May and October [2006], people
                            started thinking the disease was over, but we insisted on creating
                            more awareness among the people," he said. "We are still expecting
                            more cases, but the idea is to keep them to the smallest possible
                            number," he added.

                            The H5N1 virus first struck Egyptian poultry in February 2006, and a
                            series of human cases followed in April and May. Cases in poultry
                            resurfaced in Egypt 5 Sep 2006, when an outbreak was reported on a
                            farm in the southern province of Sohag, about 305 miles south of
                            Cairo. Another outbreak was reported in late September [2006] among
                            domestic birds at a home near Aswan, in southern Egypt, near the
                            border with Sudan. Several isolated cases of highly pathogenic H5N1
                            avian influenza in poultry have been reported in Egypt since
                            September [2006], according to a recent update from the World
                            Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Cases have been confirmed in 9 provinces.

                            http://www.promedmail.org/pls/promed..._ID:1000,35672

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                              Re: Egyptian man dies of bird flu, 10th death

                              Commentary at

                              http://www.recombinomics.com/News/12...a_Concern.html

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