New case of avian flu confirmed in Egypt

The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported a new confirmed human case of avian influenza A (H5N1), the World Health Organization said Nov. 27.

The case is a 3 year-old boy from Minia governorate. His symptoms started Nov. 21.

He was admitted to the hospital Nov. 22 and his condition is stable. Investigations into the source of infection indicated that the boy had close contact with dead and/or sick poultry.

The Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories confirmed the cases.

Of the 89 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 27 have been fatal.

According to the Mayo Clinic, health officials worry that a global outbreak could occur if a bird flu virus mutates into a form that transmits more easily from person to person. Researchers are working on vaccines to help protect people from bird flu.