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    http://africa.reuters.com/commoditie...nL2793063.html

    Two Egyptians test positive for bird flu - ministry

    Thu 27 Dec 2007, 17:50 GMT
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    By Aziz El-Kaissouni
    CAIRO, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Two Egyptians have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, a day after an Egyptian woman died of the disease, Egypt's health ministry said on Thursday.
    "There are two cases today, one in Damietta and one in Menoufia... Today lab results confirmed that they are infected with bird flu," Amr Kandeel, head of communicable disease control at the health ministry, told Reuters.
    The two new cases, both of whom are currently receiving treatment in hospital, bring the total number of human bird flu cases in Egypt to 41, Kandeel added.
    State news agency MENA said the Menoufia case was 22-year-old Nora Aboul Abbas Mohamed, but gave no details for the second case.
    On Wednesday, 25-year-old Ola Younis died of bird flu in Beni Suef province, south of Cairo, on the same day she was diagnosed as being infected with the highly pathogenic virus.
    She was the 16th fatality from bird flu in Egypt.
    The H5N1 virus which causes bird flu tends to lie dormant during the summer and Egyptian officials had hoped that after two years of outbreaks it would not re-occur this winter.
    But John Jabbour, an official at the World Health Organisation, said the new cases were not surprising.
    "The agent is there... Since July we've had no human cases and many things calmed down, so people returned to dealing with live birds as usual. Since the virus is there, we expect to have human cases. It's not a surprise at all," Jabbour said.
    MENA reported Thursday that veterinary authorities in Sharkia province had culled 12,000 chickens after tests found the flock had been infected with bird flu.
    Most of those who have fallen ill in Egypt were reported to have had contact with sick or dead household birds, primarily in northern Egypt where the weather is cooler than in the south.
    The government still finds it hard to enforce restrictions on the movement and sale of live poultry.
    The death toll is the highest for any country outside Asia and could reflect the high population density in agricultural parts of Egypt.
    Experts fear the bird flu virus might mutate or combine with the highly contagious seasonal influenza virus and spark a deadly pandemic which could circle the globe and kill millions.
    Around five million households in Egypt depend on poultry as a main source of food and income and the government has said this makes it unlikely the disease can be eradicated. (Reporting by Aziz El-Kaissouni; Editing by Ibon Villelabeitia)
    Last edited by Theresa42; December 27, 2007, 07:05 PM. Reason: Added some bolding/underlining

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    Re: 2 egyptians test positive

    Commentary at

    http://www.recombinomics.com/News/12...pt_Nile_3.html

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    • #3
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      From Website Dep of Health Egypt

      Bird flu cases detected

      24/12/2007

      Three bird flu cases were detected in Ashmoon, Menoufiyah, according to reports reaching security head Maj. Gen. Mohamed Tolba.

      The three cases were spotted at houses. Measures were adopted to eliminate the virus.

      http://birdflu.sis.gov.eg/html/flu01021277.htm
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      • #4
        Re: 2 egyptians test positive

        Originally posted by Dutchy View Post
        From Website Dep of Health Egypt

        Bird flu cases detected

        24/12/2007

        Three bird flu cases were detected in Ashmoon, Menoufiyah, according to reports reaching security head Maj. Gen. Mohamed Tolba.

        The three cases were spotted at houses. Measures were adopted to eliminate the virus.

        http://birdflu.sis.gov.eg/html/flu01021277.htm
        Report seems to refer to bird flu in poultry Edit: more on outbreaks in poultry in Egypt in this thread: http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=46687

        Three hot new bird flu story
        أكدت نتائج التحاليل التي أجريت بالمعامل البيطرية بالقاهرة الخاصة بفحص نتائج عينات عدد من الطيور النافقة بثلاثة منازل بعزبة الجمهورية التابعة لقسم أول المحلة الكبري أنها إيجابية وأن نفوق هذه الطيور خلال دقائق يصل عددها الي أكثر من‏150‏ طائرا يرجع الي إصابتها بمرض انفلونزا الطيور‏,‏ حيث تم علي الفور إعدام باقي الطيور الموجودة بالمنازل وكذلك الطيور الواقعة في نطاق الكردون الأمني بالمنازل المجاورة ودفنها بالمدفن الصحي الذي تم إعداده لهذا الغرض‏.‏

        According to the results of tests conducted veterinary labs in Cairo concerning examination results of samples number of dead birds in three houses La Republic of the Section on the first Mahala it positive and deaths of these birds within minutes up to more than 150 flying due to the illness of avian influenza, It was immediately executed rest of the existing bird houses, as well as bird in the scope of domestic security cordon surrounding the cemetery and buried drainage, which was prepared for this purpose.

        http://translate.google.com/translat...hl=nl&ie=UTF-8


        27 / 12 / 2007 27 12 2007
        “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: 2 egyptians test positive

          Originally posted by niman View Post
          Commentary

          Two More Confirmed H5N1 Cases in the Nile Delta

          Recombinomics Commentary 18:31
          December 27, 2007

          Two Egyptians have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, a day after an Egyptian woman died of the disease, Egypt's health ministry said on Thursday.

          "There are two cases today, one in Damietta and one in Menoufia... Today lab results confirmed that they are infected with bird flu," Amr Kandeel, head of communicable disease control at the health ministry, told Reuters.

          The two new cases, both of whom are currently receiving treatment in hospital, bring the total number of human bird flu cases in Egypt to 41, Kandeel added.

          State news agency MENA said the Menoufia case was 22-year-old Nora Aboul Abbas Mohamed, but gave no details for the second case.
          On Wednesday, 25-year-old Ola Younis died of bird flu in Beni Suef province, south of Cairo, on the same day she was diagnosed as being infected with the highly pathogenic virus.

          The above comments describe two more confirmed H5N1 in Egypt. Both cases are in the Nile Delta, where recent H5N1 outbreaks were described (see satellite map). Three confirmed H5N1 cases in two days are cause for concern.

          Sequence data on these cases are important. The recent cluster in Pakistan raise concerns that a more transmissible version of H5N1 is migrating into the region. In the past sequences from Egypt were readily distinguishable from sequences in Afghanistan and India, which were related to the Uva Lake starin. However, the Uva Lake was in Kuwait earlier this year and is widespread in Europe, signaling a possible movement into Egypt. Egypt has already issued an alert and readied a Tamiflu blanket for the region.

          Sequence data on the cases in Egypt and Pakistan would be useful.


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            Commentary at

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

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            • #7
              Re: 2 egyptians test positive

              Originally posted by niman View Post
              Commentary

              Three Confirmed H5N1 Cases in Egypt Raise Pandemic Concerns

              Recombinomics Commentary 21:46
              December 27, 2007

              "There are two cases today, one in Damietta and one in Menoufia... Today lab results confirmed that they are infected with bird flu,"

              On Wednesday, 25-year-old Ola Younis died of bird flu in Beni Suef province, south of Cairo, on the same day she was diagnosed as being infected with the highly pathogenic virus.

              The confirmation of three cases of H5N1 in two days in Egypt is unusual. Last year at this time there was a cluster of three family members in Gharbiya in the Nile Delta. However, the cases this year are in three locations. One was in Beni Suef, south of Cairo, and two others were in separate governorates in the Nile Delta.

              Egypt implemented an extensive vaccination program in the past few months, but poultry cases began to appear in the past few weeks (see satellite map). These new bird outbreaks led to an alert, which was followed by the dispersal of Tamiflu to hospitals and clinics in the Gharbiya.

              Last season the H5N1 in Egypt had the regional markers present in the prior season, but the more recent isolates were more genetically complex. Included in the newly acquired polymorphisms were changes in or near the receptor binding domain as well as oseltamivir resistance. It is unclear if these changes are playing a role in the spike in cases.

              Today WHO issued a situation update on the cluster in Pakistan. Although efforts by NAMRU-3’s mobile lab and the WHO reference lab in London have largely generated negatives, Pakistan had confirmed the cases previously, and one of the fatal cases was confirmed by the regional labs. The cluster in Pakistan raises concerns about more cases in Pakistan, as well as cases downstream, which may include Egypt.

              Sequencing of human and poultry isolates in Egypt would resolve these questions and address the significance of three confirmed positive patients in two days in Egypt.


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              "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: 2 egyptians test positive

                Damietta case - no name or age give - admitted to hospital in Damietta on Dec 24.

                Al Minufiyah case - Nora Aboul Abbas Mohamed (22F) - admitted to hospital Dec 26. (I bet she's connected to one of the reported outbreaks in backyard poultry in Minufiyah governorate reported yesterday.)

                Both have been transferred to Abbasia Hospital Cairo.


                Google-translated from Arabic:

                Two goals Bharitan new avian influenza in Damietta, Menoufiya
                12/27/2007

                CAIRO - A Aldkor Abdulrahman Shaheen Media adviser and official spokesman for the Ministry of Health and Population injuring two human avian influenza illness Thursday.

                The Middle East News Agency that the situation had first entered the hospital in Damietta issued December 24 under which suffers from high temperature and narrow breathing and pneumonia after exposure to birds suspected of being infected with avian influenza disease has been transferred to a hospital Abbasiyah in stable condition.

                The second case came to light Aboualabas Mohammad [Nora Aboul Abbas Mohamed] - 22 years - from the Centre worries of Menoufiya Governorate where the virus entered the hospital yesterday [Dec 26] worries are suffering from high temperature and narrow breathing after exposure to birds suspected of being infected with avian influenza disease has been transferred to a hospital Abbasid issued today, Thursday, and condition Health stable.

                http://www.masrawy.com/News/2007/Egy...7/birdflu.aspx
                ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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                • #9
                  Re: 2 egyptians test positive

                  Outbreak in poultry in Ash Sharqiyah governorate. Sounds like a poultry farm.

                  Google-translated from Arabic:

                  Egypt announces two goals from new human bird flu
                  Dec 27, 2007

                  Reuters

                  CAIRO (Reuters) - The Ministry of Health in Egypt on Thursday that tests proved injuring two people infected H5N1 cause of bird flu a day after the woman's death and disease.

                  Amr said Qandil Director of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Ministry of Health Reuters "there was a two day first in Damietta governorate and the second in Al laboratory results confirmed today they reportedly avian influenza."

                  He added that Qandil LIFT number of new cases of human bird flu infections in Egypt to 41.

                  The Middle East News Agency said that the situation of the brown lady called Nora Abu Mohammed Abbas (22 years) did not provide details on the second case.

                  She died on Wednesday Ola Younis (25 years) affected by avian influenza disease in the province of Beni Suef south of Cairo on the same day that it was her illness diagnosed as HIV severe infection.

                  It was the No. 16 fatal case of avian influenza in Egypt.

                  Tend virus (H5N1) to inactivity during the summer and Egyptian officials had hoped after two years of outbreaks of avian influenza but the disease re-emerging in this winter.

                  But John Jabbour WHO official said that the new cases are not a surprise.

                  He added: "The key is ... since July did not show any human cases and so many things calmed down, people have returned to deal with living birds as usual. Since the virus exists, we expect the emergence of human cases. This is not a surprise in any way."

                  The Middle East News Agency today that the veterinary authorities in the province of East executed 12 thousand chickens after tests proved that the flock infected with avian influenza.

                  http://www.elaph.com/ElaphWeb/Templa...RDFLU-SA6.html
                  ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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                    Re: 2 egyptians test positive

                    Map with confirmed cases color coded

                    http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...7,5.679932&z=7

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                    • #11
                      Re: 2 egyptians test positive

                      Damietta case: Attorh Hanim Ibrahim (50F).

                      Google-translated from Arabic:

                      New cases of bird flu infection
                      Dec 28, 2007

                      Disclosed Dr Abdulrahman Shaheen Spokesman of the Ministry of Health injuring two new human cases of avian influenza illness and Ms. Attorh Hanim Ibrahim, 50 years was introduced in Damietta Hospital issued Damietta, Ms. Nora Aboualabas 22 years Menuf Mohammed Al and introduced Hospital Dietetic worries and converted to Hospital Abbasid issued yesterday and their condition is now stable after suffering from high temperature and shortness of breath and were a record 40 cases, 41 cases that have been in Egypt since the appearance of the disease.

                      http://www.ahram.org.eg/Index.asp?Cu...5.htm&DID=9444
                      ...when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

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                      • #12
                        Re: 2 Egyptians Test Positive

                        <table class="RedTableBorder" style="height: 483px;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100&#37;"><tbody><tr style="padding-left: 10px;" valign="top"><td class="articalTitle" align="center">Two Egyptians test positive for bird flu<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="430"><tbody><tr><td class="dates" id="hDate" height="27">Published: Friday, 28 December, 2007, 02:09 AM Doha Time</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr><tr style="padding-left: 10px; padding-right: 12px;"><td id="artical1" class="articalBody" height="345" valign="top">CAIRO: Two Egyptians have tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, a day after an Egyptian woman died of the disease, Egypt’s health ministry said yesterday.
                        “There are two cases today, one in Damietta and one in Menoufia... Today lab results confirmed that they are infected with bird flu,” Amr Kandeel, head of communicable disease control at the health ministry, said.
                        The two new cases, both of whom are currently receiving treatment in hospital, bring the total number of human bird flu cases in Egypt to 41, Kandeel added.
                        State news agency MENA said the Menoufia case was 22-year-old Nora Aboul Abbas Mohamed, but gave no details for the second case.
                        On Wednesday, 25-year-old Ola Younis died of bird flu in Beni Suef province, south of Cairo, on the same day she was diagnosed as being infected with the highly pathogenic virus.
                        She was the 16th fatality from bird flu in Egypt.
                        The H5N1 virus which causes bird flu tends to lie dormant during the summer and Egyptian officials had hoped that after two years of outbreaks it would not re-occur this winter.
                        But John Jabbour, an official at the World Health Organisation, said the new cases were not surprising.
                        “The agent is there... Since July we’ve had no human cases and many things calmed down, so people returned to dealing with live birds as usual. Since the virus is there, we expect to have human cases. It’s not a surprise at all,” Jabbour said.
                        MENA reported yesterday that veterinary authorities in Sharkia province had culled 12,000 chickens after tests found the flock had been infected with bird flu.
                        Most of those who have fallen ill in Egypt were reported to have had contact with sick or dead household birds, primarily in northern Egypt where the weather is cooler than in the south.
                        The government still finds it hard to enforce restrictions on the movement and sale of live poultry.
                        The death toll is the highest for any country outside Asia and could reflect the high population density in agricultural parts of Egypt.
                        Experts fear the bird flu virus might mutate or combine with the highly contagious seasonal influenza virus and spark a deadly pandemic which could circle the globe and kill millions.
                        Around 5mn households in Egypt depend on poultry as a main source of food and income and the government has said this makes it unlikely the disease can be eradicated. – Reuters
                        </td></tr><tr><td>
                        http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topic...7&parent_id=17

                        </td></tr></tbody></table>

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                        • #13
                          Re: 2 Egyptians Test Positive

                          Avian influenza - situation in Egypt - update

                          28 December 2007
                          The Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt has announced two new cases of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. The first case is a 50 year old female from Domiatt Governorate. She was hospitalized on 24 December and is in critical condition.
                          The second case is a 22 year old female chicken seller from Menofia Governorate. She was hospitalized on 26 December and is presently recovering in intensive care.
                          Both women had contact with sick and dead poultry prior to illness onset.
                          Of the 41 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 16 have been fatal.

                          http://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_28a/en/index.html

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                          • #14
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                            WHO: Two human cases of bird flu reported in Egypt

                            The Associated Press
                            Friday, December 28, 2007
                            GENEVA: Two women in Egypt have tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, the World Health Organization said Friday.
                            The U.N. health agency said a 50-year-old woman was hospitalized with the H5N1 strain of the disease on Dec. 24 and is in critical condition. A 22-year-old female chicken seller infected with the same strain was hospitalized Dec. 26 and is recovering in intensive care, it said.
                            The cases, which were reported by Egypt's Ministry of Health, bring the total number of H5N1 infections in the country to 41, of which 16 have been fatal.
                            The health ministry said Wednesday that a 25-year-old woman from a town 200 kilometers (130 miles) south of Cairo died of bird flu after being admitted to hospital last Friday.
                            Bird flu is usually acquired when humans come into close contact with infected poultry.
                            The virus has infected more than 340 people and killed at least 212 since 2003, mostly in Asia.
                            Pakistan, Vietnam and Indonesia have also recently reported cases of H5N1 in humans.

                            http://www.iht.com/bin/printfriendly.php?id=8945936

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                            • #15
                              Re: 2 Egyptians Test Positive

                              AVIAN INFLUENZA, HUMAN (178): EGYPT, VIET NAM, WHO
                              **************************************************
                              A ProMED-mail post
                              <http://www.promedmail.org>
                              ProMED-mail is a program of the
                              International Society for Infectious Diseases
                              <http://www.isid.org>

                              In this update:
                              [1] Egypt: confirmation of 40th & 41st cases
                              [2] Viet Nam: confirmation of 101st case


                              ******
                              [1] Egypt: confirmation of 40th & 41st cases
                              Date: Fri 28 Dec 2007
                              Source: World Health Organization (WHO) Epidemic and Pandemic Alert
                              and Response (EPR) disease outbreak news [edited]
                              <http://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_28a/en/index.html>


                              Egypt: avian influenza situation - WHO update
                              ---------------------------------------------
                              The Ministry of Health and Population, Egypt has announced 2 new
                              cases of human infection of H5N1 avian influenza. The 1st case is a
                              50-year-old female from Domiatt Governorate. She was hospitalized on
                              24 Dec 3007 and is in critical condition.

                              The 2nd case is a 22-year-old female chicken seller from Menofia
                              Governorate. She was hospitalized on 26 Dec 2007 and is presently
                              recovering in intensive care.

                              Both women had contact with sick and dead poultry prior to illness onset.

                              Of the 41 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 16 have been fatal.

                              --
                              Communicated by:
                              ProMED-mail Rapporteur Marianne Hopp

                              [A map of Egypt showing the location of the governorates is available
                              at <http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/egypt.pdf>. - Mod.CP]

                              [The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Egypt can be accessed
                              at <http://healthmap.org/promed?v=26.5,29.9,5>. - CopyEd.MJ]

                              ******
                              [2] Viet Nam: confirmation of 101st case
                              Date: Fri 28 Dec 200
                              Source: World Health Organization (WHO) Epidemic and Pandemic Alert
                              and Response (EPR) disease outbreak news [edited]
                              <http://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_28/en/index.html>


                              Viet Nam: avian influenza situation - 28 Dec 2007
                              -------------------------------------------------
                              The Ministry of Health in Viet Nam has confirmed a new case of human
                              infection of H5N1 avian influenza. The case has been confirmed by the
                              National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE).

                              The case is a 4-year-old male from Son La Province. He developed
                              symptoms on [7 Dec 2007], was hospitalized on [11 Dec 2007], and died
                              on [16 Dec 2007].

                              Control measures have been implemented and close contacts have been
                              identified. All remain healthy and will continue to be monitored. The
                              source of exposure is currently under investigation.

                              Of the 101 cases confirmed to date in Viet Nam, 47 have been fatal.

                              --
                              Communicated by:
                              ProMED-mail Rapporteur Marianne Hopp

                              [A map of Viet Nam showing the location of Song La province in the
                              northeast is available at
                              <http://www.angelfire.com/co/hongnam/vnmap.html>. - Mod.CP]

                              [The HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Viet Nam can be
                              accessed at <http://healthmap.org/promed?v=14.9,108.5,5>. - CopyEd.MJ]

                              [see also;
                              Avian influenza, human (177): Pakistan, Viet Nam, Egypt 20071227.4152
                              Avian influenza, human (176): Egypt, Indonesia, Viet Nam, WHO 20071226.4146
                              Avian influenza, human (151) - Viet Nam, susp., clarification 20071116.3719
                              Avian influenza, human (148) : Viet Nam, susp., RFI, corr. 20071110.3647
                              Avian influenza, human (148) : Viet Nam, susp., RFI, corr. 20071110.3646
                              Avian influenza, human (148): Viet Nam, susp., RFI 20071108.3625
                              Avian influenza, human (128): Viet Nam 20070906.2941
                              Avian influenza, human (118): Viet Nam 20070807.2571
                              Avian influenza, human (116): Viet Nam, Egypt NOT 20070802.2506
                              Avian influenza, human (114): Viet Nam 20070731.2470
                              Avian influenza, human (107): Viet Nam, genome stability 20070706.2154
                              Avian influenza, human (105): Viet Nam, WHO 20070629.2094]
                              ...................................mpp/cp/mj/mpp

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