No mutation of the avaian flu with swine flu, says health minister

Ahram Online, Monday 10 Jan 2011

Minister of Health asks citizens to take flu seriously but denies presence of mixed mutation of avian flu with swine flu

Egyptian Minister of Health Hatem El-Gabaly denied the presence of any mixed mutation of avian flu with swine flu (H1N1). He did, however, warn citizens against taking the flu threat lightly.

El-Gabaly asked
ministries and governors to fight the disease as part of a new bill that will also prevent bird slaughtering
and stop licensing the establishment of farms in residential blocks. The bill was presented during a meeting of the People's Assembly’s Health Committee today.

Moreover, he confirmed that no incidents of mutated swine flu virus have been found so far, pointing to the decrease in the number of deaths this year, which stands at 109 down from 812 last year.

El-Gabaly added that the Swine flu season in Egypt starts at the end of October and reaches its peak by the end of December. It is expected to begin its decline in January and February.


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