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April 14, 2006

Egypt: Fourth woman dies of B2H

Via Reuters: Fourth Egyptian woman dies of bird flu.

Egypt said on Thursday a fourth woman had died after being infected with the bird flu virus, the state MENA news agency said.

The latest victim was an 18-year-old woman from a province north of Cairo, who was admitted to hospital on Monday. Egypt has so far reported 12 human bird flu cases.

"An 18-year-old woman from Ashmoun in Monoufiya has died of bird flu, bringing the number of deaths to four from the 12 people who have been infected," MENA quoted Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali as saying.

The woman had been admitted to hospital after handling domestically kept birds infected with bird flu, he added.

She had been on an artificial respirator since she was admitted, and had died despite receiving Tamiflu, an anti-viral medication thought to be the best method of fighting bird flu in humans.


Posted by dymaxion at April 14, 2006 01:21 PM

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