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Toddler dies of bird flu in Egypt's Giza

31 people have died from avian flu in the last year in Egypt

Ahram Online , Monday 5 Jan 2015
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A man walks past live chickens on the outskirts of Cairo, December 4, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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A 3-year-old child died of bird flu on Monday in Egypt's Giza governorate, bringing the national death toll from the disease since January last year to 31.

The death was confirmed in a press statement by the Egyptian health ministry.

Two new cases were also confirmed positive in the Upper Egyptian city of Minya in the statement. The first case was of a 30-year-old man while the other was an 11-year-old child.

In Egypt, most cases of bird flu have been in rural areas, where villagers tend to raise poultry in their homes, increasing exposure to live or dead infected birds.

The health ministry reiterated its calls for those who handle poultry to seek immediate treatment should flu symptoms start to appear, while advising them to cover their noses and mouths when they deal with any kind of domesticated birds.

Bird flu first appeared in Egypt in 2006.

 

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