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  • AlaskaDenise
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    Fatal H5N1 in Asyut Egypt
    Recombinomics Commentary 20:50
    December 15, 2008

    Samiha Salem from a village in the central Egyptian province of Asyut caught the disease after exposure to sick household poultry,

    Salem began suffering symptoms a week ago, after two of the household ducks died and the remainder of the flock was slaughtered in the house.

    Salem was subsequently admitted to hospital with a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, and then transferred to intensive care. She was treated with the antiviral drug tamiflu, but suffered a pulmonary infection and respiratory failure, and died on Monday.

    The above comments describe a fatal H5N1 infection in central Egypt (see 2009 map). The timing of the infection is similar to last season, when cases were reported in December, which were mostly fatal. The recent frequency of H5N1 in Egypt is unclear, because H5N1 has been declared endemic, so OIE filings are only required on a six month schedule.

    Egypt has implemented a robust vaccine program, but widespread vaccine resistant H5N1 was reported last December. This resistant strain was also found in Israel in early 2008.

    H5N1 in Egypt is very heterogeneous and has become more complex each season. Recently, human sequences from last season were released.

    Release of sequences from the current case would be useful.


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  • Laidback Al
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    I believe this is the first confirmed human H5N1 case from Asyut Governorate.

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  • HenryN
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    July final OIE report

    http://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/Egypt_followup7_final%20report.pdf

    Future Reporting
    What further reports will be submitted in relation to this event?
    There are 113outbreaks that are still recorded as unresolved. It is not possible to declare this event resolved until these individual outbreaks are resolved.
    The event is unlikely to be contained and is now considered to be endemic. No more follow-up reports will be made, but instead, information about this disease will be included in the future six-monthly reports.

    Follow-up

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  • HenryN
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  • Helblindi
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    Re: Egypt - Human Cases/Suspected H5N1 August 31, 2008+

    Egyptian girl dies of bird flu
    Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:38am IST

    CAIRO (Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl died of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu on Monday, the 23rd fatality and 51st case of the disease among humans in Egypt, state news agency MENA said.

    Samiha Salem from a village in the central Egyptian province of Asyut caught the disease after exposure to sick household poultry, MENA quoted a health ministry official as saying.

    Reuters

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  • HenryN
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    Updated map

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  • Giuseppe
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    Reuters AlertNet - Egyptian girl dies of bird flu
    Egyptian girl dies of bird flu

    15 Dec 2008 20:16:01 GMT
    Source: Reuters
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    CAIRO, Dec 15 (Reuters) -

    A 16-year-old girl died of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu on Monday, the 23rd fatality and 51st case of the disease among humans in Egypt, state news agency MENA said.


    Samiha Salem from a village in the central Egyptian province of Asyut caught the disease after exposure to sick household poultry, MENA quoted a health ministry official as saying.

    The official said Salem began suffering symptoms a week ago, after two of the household ducks died and the remainder of the flock was slaughtered in the house.

    Salem was subsequently admitted to hospital with a high fever, vomiting and diarrhea, and then transferred to intensive care. She was treated with the antiviral drug tamiflu, but suffered a pulmonary infection and respiratory failure, and died on Monday.
    Her death is the first bird flu fatality in Egypt since April, and the first of the current winter season. The virus, which first appeared in Egypt in February 2006, tends to be less active in summer.

    About 5 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 despite a large-scale poultry vaccination programme.

    Experts fear the H5N1 virus might mutate or combine with the highly contagious seasonal influenza virus and spark a pandemic that could kill millions of people. Since the virus resurfaced in Asia in 2003, it has killed more than 200 people in a dozen countries, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.

    Egypt has been the worst-hit country outside Asia.

    (Writing by Aziz El-Kaissouni; Editing by Louise Ireland)
    <cite cite="http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LF381757.htm">Reuters AlertNet - Egyptian girl dies of bird flu</cite>

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  • Egypt - Human H5N1 Confirmed / Suspected - December 15, 2008 to February 7, 2009

    Egyptian girl dies of bird flu

    Mon 15 Dec 2008, 19:52 GMT
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    CAIRO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A 16-year-old girl died of the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu on Monday, the 23rd fatality and 51st case of the disease among humans in Egypt, state news agency MENA said.
    Samiha Salem from a village in the central Egyptian province of Asyut caught the disease after exposure to sick household poultry, MENA quoted a health ministry official as saying. (Writing by Aziz El-Kaissouni; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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