The World Health Organization (WHO) reports one new human case of avian influenza (H5N1) in Egypt. This is a 6 year old girl whose parents live in the governorate of Behira, north of the country. She developed the first symptoms of the disease on July 12. Treated “on time”, she left the hospital July 30.
WHO states that “the investigation into the sources of infection revealed that the girl had been in contact with diseased poultry.” A total of 151 human cases of H5N1 have been reported in Egypt since 2006. And 52 have been fatal.
Egypt is the second country in the world most affected by the disease, after Indonesia, where 178 cases were reported with 146 deaths…! Is a mortality rate of 82% in this country. The third most concerned is the Vietnam (119 cases that were 59 deaths).
Globally, since 2003 WHO has reported 564 human cases of H5N1, including 330 deaths. The average fatality rate is 58%.