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Egyptian girl gets bird flu

28th March 2007

A three-year-old Egyptian girl has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus, the country's official media reported.

Hajer Mohamed Awadallah, was taken to hospital in the southern town of Aswan, the state news agency MENA quoted the Ministry of Health as saying.

The girl went to hospital with a high temperature and other symptoms of bird flu, MENA said. Because she had been in contact with domestic poultry, she received Tamiflu, the standard treatment for the symptoms of the disease, it added.

Egypt has one of the highest death ratios for any country in the world, with 13 dead from bird flu since February 2006. The last death, of the 21st case, was on 15 Februrary.

The girl was in a stable condition and the rest of her family were being closely monitored, officials said.

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