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Egypt - MoH representative declares bird flu is not a threat, 10 H5N1 cases in 2017? - September 25, 2017

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  • Egypt - MoH representative declares bird flu is not a threat, 10 H5N1 cases in 2017? - September 25, 2017

    Monday 25 September / 2017 - 11:07 PM
    ?Health? devises a precautionary plan to prevent seasonal influenza

    Dr. Amr Kandil, head of Preventive Medicine Sector at the Ministry of Health and Population, said that the ministry has a precautionary plan to combat winter diseases, especially seasonal flu,

    stressing that the bird flu virus does not threaten Egypt at all.

    Kandil said that since January 2017 until now we have only 10 cases have been treated and given Tamiflu and no deaths have been recorded so far.

    He explained that the ministry is monitoring and monitoring the activity of influenza and spread in infected cases if found and follow up the types of viruses that appear in the laboratory results and follow up the genetic development and response to treatment within the framework of a system covering all areas ..

    He added that there are some precautionary measures in this regard, namely the provision of the drug for Tamiflu and Tamanil treatment in all the hospitals of the Ministry of Health and the university hospitals. In addition, there is a strategic stock of the real estate and activating the surveillance of influenza and pneumonia in all hospitals in all governorates on a daily basis to determine the epidemiological situation Dissemination of guidelines to all directorates of health affairs in the governorates.

    In addition to the issuance and publication of periodic reports on influenza on the website of the Ministry of Health and Population, follow-up contacts of confirmed cases, support laboratory surveillance, such as the provision of reagents and supplies and training workers in laboratories at the level of the provinces on the methods of withdrawal and preservation and transfer of samples required.

    He pointed out that the awareness-raising department has been extended to doctors in health insurance hospitals, the therapeutic institution, the general administration of non-governmental therapeutic institutions and university hospitals, as well as ensuring the availability of all the requirements for infection control and emphasizing the application of infection control procedures in all hospitals.

    Coordination with external agencies to follow up on the global epidemic situation and the recommendations of the World Health Organization in this regard is coordinated with WHO reference laboratories to follow up on the genetic characteristics of influenza.

    The head of the preventive medicine sector, the absence of the swine flu virus now affects humans, as this name was commonly used in 2009 when the phenomenon of global influenza, and since 2010, the World Health Organization declared the end of the phenomenon and that the virus caused has the same epidemiological characteristics of influenza viruses Seasonally since that date has been placed within the viruses involved in vaccination seasonal flu.

  • #2
    WHO has only reported 3 cases for 2017. There were 10 cases confirmed for 2016. Maybe the official is confusing the years?

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    • #3
      Influenza A(H5) activity from 28 February to 25 September 2017

      An A(H5N1) human infection in Egypt, where A(H5) infections have also been detected in birds, has been reported to WHO.
      ?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 ~~~ ~~~


      • #4

        Parliament is requesting a briefing to the Minister of Agriculture on preparations for the avian influenza response
        Friday, 29 September 2017 1:41 PM

        MP Nusaila Abu Al-Omro, a member of the House of Representatives for the province of Sharkia, said that she will submit a request to the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Abdel-Moneim El-Banna, and the head of the Veterinary Medicine Authority, to know the government's plan to protect the poultry wealth from epidemic diseases especially avian flu as the winter season approaches.

        A member of the lower house of parliament from Sharkia province said in remarks to the "seventh day" that last year the Ministry of Agriculture caused the loss of a large wealth of domestic wealth, namely the veterinary medicine, because of the lack of strong steps to prevent the spread of bird flu.

        Nusaila Abu Al-Omro called for the need to carry out intensive national campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of bird flu and the risks of its transmission from birds to humans, so as not to be exposed to what happened last year, and without significant losses in the lives of citizens.