21flu-600EGYPT – The Egyptian Minister of Health and Population, Dr. Adel Adawi announced a human case of H5N1 avian influenza (AI) in a 3 month girl from the Giza governorate. The case, according to the Minister, the date of onset of the illness was Monday, 9/22/ 2014, where she was presenting symptoms of fever, sore throat, cough and vomiting. The girl’s parents took her to the Hospital of the Abbasid and she was released three days later. They said the child had exposure to dead birds.
A throat sample was taken and analyzed and confirmed positive for avian influenza virus (A / H5N1). The child was treated with Tamiflu and is reportedly in stable condition. According to the Health Ministry, this is the fourth human H5N1 AI case of 2014. However, the people at FluTrackers point out that this is the fifth case of the bird flu, writing on their site, “We have a record of 4 previous cases. 3 were announced by the Ministry of Health of Egypt and 1 was announced by the Ministry of Health of Beheira governorate: #14 Egypt – Female, 56, hospitalized in critical condition, #15 Egypt – Child, 4, mild condition, #16 Egypt – Female, 86, hospitalized in serious condition and #19 Egypt – Male, 34, hospitalized on ventilator Death.” EP