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Egyptian bird flu mutations suggest antiviral resistance
Mutations in the bird flu virus have been found in two people in Egypt, in a form that might be resistant to the medication most commonly used to treat the deadly disease, according to laboratory tests approved by WHO.
The mutations in the H5N1 virus strain were not drastic enough to make the virus infectious enough to spark a pandemic, said officials with the World Health Organisation.
But more such mutations could ultimately prompt scientists to rethink current treatment strategies.
Egyptian woman tests positive for bird flu-WHO
A 27-year-old Egyptian woman has tested positive for the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, the 19th human case in the most populous Arab country, a World Health Organisation official said on Wednesday.
Most people infected in Egypt had been in contact with poultry kept at home. The outbreak initially caused panic across the country and did extensive damage to the poultry industry.
Three people from one family, including a 15-year-old girl, died of the virus in December, raising fears about the possibility of human-to-human transmission.