Apr 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Egypt's health ministry announced today that a 30-year-old woman has died of an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country's second fatality from the disease in less than a week.
MENA, Egypt's official news agency, said today that the woman got sick on Apr 2 and was hospitalized 7 days later in Cairo where she died today, according to a report from Agence France-Presse. If her illness and death are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) she will be listed as Egypt's 49th case and its 22nd death.
An official from Egypt's health ministry said the woman, who was from Matariya district in the northern Nile Delta, just northeast of Cairo, had contact with domestic poultry, the Associated Press reported today. The official said that once the woman was hospitalized she was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu).
On Apr 5 a 19-year-old Egyptian man from the Nile Delta province of Behera governorate died from H5N1 avian influenza. An Apr 8 WHO report confirming the man's infection and death said he had been exposed to sick and dead poultry.
WHO confirmation of Egyptian man's illness and death