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Egypt reports fresh bird flu infection

A new infection of the deadly H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus among domestic fowls has been discovered in Egypt, the official news// agency MENA reported Saturday.

The Health Ministry said that new infection was discovered in Luxor, some 680 km south of Cairo. Tests on domestic birds at the city's Najaa al-Abayda Lab turned up positive for the H5N1 virus, said the ministry's spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shahin.

The area has been quarantined and the birds were being culled, he said.

On Oct 30, an Egyptian woman died of bird flu virus and became the country's seventh fatal human case of the disease.

Egypt reported the first human bird flu case March 18. Since then, it has detected 14 human cases with the last case reported on May 18. Of the 14, six died while the rest recovered.


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