Sat, 25/02/2017 - 15:20
A 48-year-old Egyptian man has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the Health Ministry said on Saturday, the first victim of the virus this year.
The head of Fayoum Heath Directorate Hisham al-Shennawy said Saturday that the victim died while receiving treatment at Abbassia Hospital for Fevers in Cairo.
He added that the victim is a laborer from Tawfikia village near Sinnuris city. He had been earlier admitted to the city’s general hospital suffering from a high fever and flu symptoms.
The man was transferred to Fayoum Chest Diseases Hospital where medical samples were collected and sent to the central labs of the Health Ministry. Results showed that he was infected with bird flu, upon which he was transferred to Abbassia Hospital for Fevers where he died.
Samples from relatives and close family members of the deceased laborer are being examined to find out if any of them have been infected, Shennawy said in a statement.