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Egypt confirms H5N1 flu cases, after global lull in reports

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Egyptian government has confirmed two new human cases of H5N1 "avian" influenza, the first since the end of June. Both cases – an infant and a child – are in a stable condition, following prompt hospitalisation and treatment. The cases are being attributed to close contact with dead or sick poultry. Egypt has a far lower than average case-fatality rate: of the 83 cases to date, 27 have been fatal; of the 43 reported this year alone, 12 have been fatal.

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