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1 July 2009 -- The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported 3 new confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N1).
The first case is a 1-year old male from Domiat Governorate. His symptoms started on 1 June 2009. He was admitted to hospital on 2 June, where he received oseltamivir treatment. The patient has recovered and was discharged on 9 June.
The second case is a 4-year old female from Dakhlia Governorate. Her symptoms started on 5 June 2009. She was admitted to hospital on 6 June, where she received oseltamivir treatment. The patient has recovered and was discharged on 14 June.
The third case is a 1-year old male from Kaleen District, Kefr El Sheikh Governorate. His symptoms started on 15 June 2009. He was admitted to Kefr El Sheikh Fever Hospital on 16 June 2009, where he received oseltamivir treatment, and is in a stable condition.
Investigations into the source of infection indicated that all three cases had close contact with dead and/or sick poultry.
The cases were confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories.
Of the 81 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 27 have been fatal.
H1N1 swine flu has killed more than 700 people around the world since the outbreak began four months ago, says the World Health Organization (WHO).
Some 125,000 laboratory-confirmed cases have been reported worldwide - but the number of actual cases far exceeds that.
By press time, the Ministry of Health announced the number of swine flu cases in the country reached 80, with a 21-year-old British woman who arrived at Luxor International Airport from London with flu-like symptoms.
On Monday, the ministry had announced another case of H1N1. According to ministry spokesperson Abdel-Rahman Shahin, the case is of an Egyptian eight-year-old boy who arrived with his family from Greece on 30 June.
The patient then travelled to Assiut where he experienced flu-like symptoms on 2 July and was admitted to a hospital in Assiut where he is currently being treated. Health Ministry also announced the recovery of 68 patients, while 12 are still hospitalised.
This was preceded by an earlier announcement over the weekend that 78 cases of infection had been found in Egypt. Shahin said six cases included a six-year-old Egyptian girl, a 17-year- old Somali boy and a 56-year-old British man, all of whom recently arrived from England. Three other cases -- a 21-year-old male student from Chile, a 22-year-old woman and a 24-year- old man -- arrived on the same flight from Chile. The patients are currently being treated with Tamiflu, Shahin said.
Summer to Kill Swine Flu in U.S. and Mexico?
for National Geographic News
April 30, 2009
The hot and humid days of summer could prove a death knell for the swine flu outbreak currently sweeping around the globe—at least in the U.S., Mexico, and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, experts say.
"If [the new swine flu strain] is like other types of influenza that have been tested, it would have a lower transmission rate in the summer," said Jeffrey Shaman, an assistant professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who studies how the water cycle affects the spread of disease.
Earlier this year, Shaman found that flu viruses survive longer and transmit more easily during low absolute humidity, a condition commonly associated with cold, dry winter weather.
Originally posted by sonjah1
Maybe I'm a little confused, but I thought Bird Flu had a 50+% fatality rate?
Also, why Egypt "Ground Zero"? Do the recent Bird Flu deaths in Asia count?
Or maybe there's no swine over there?...i dunno?....
Or is it the vax that won't less us relax (max)