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Egyptian boy catches bird flu

13th March 2007

A four-year-old Egyptian boy has become the country's latest confirmed case of avian influenza, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a statement.


The boy, from Ad-Daqahliyah governorate, first developed symptoms on March 7, health officials said.

The case has been confirmed as the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, which has been found in poultry throughout Asia, and is now reaching Europe and Africa, researchers from the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratory and by the US Naval Medical Research Unit No 3 said.

The boy, who was exposed to sick birds during the first three days of March, was admitted to hospital March 8 and is in a stable condition, WHO said.

Contacts of the boy remain healthy and are being closely monitored.

Of the 24 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 13 have been fatal.

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