WHO announces two deaths from H5N1 avian influenza

The World Health Organization announced the deaths of two men on Thursday, one from China and the other from Egypt, from H5N1 avian influenza.
The man from China came down with flu symptoms on December 21 and was hospitalized in critical condition on December 25. He died on December 31. The patient from Egypt got sick on December 16, was treated with oseltamivir on December 21 and died the next day, CIDRAP News reports.
The cases increased China's confirmed H5N1 cases to 41 and its deaths from the virus to 27, while increasing Egypt's total cases to 157 and the number of disease-related deaths to 55. Fifteen of the H5N1 deaths in Egypt occurred last year, while this case represented the first death from the disease in China in 2011.  
The Egyptian man's illness may have resulted from his exposure to dead and sick poultry. The Chinese man does not seem to have had any exposure to live poultry and a WHO organization is ongoing.
The two infections and deaths raise the WHO global H5N1 total to 576 cases and 339 deaths, according to CIDRAP News. According to the WHO's records, the number of H5N1 cases and deaths reported in 2011 are moderately higher than 2010.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control issued a rapid risk assessment regarding China's H5N1 fatality on Thursday and said that the case is not part of a cluster. The findings suggested that the patient was infected from an avian source as opposed to a human one. South Korean officials have advised people traveling to China to take precautions.