TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Egyptian health officials report first H5N1 fatality in Menia governorate

Health officials in Egypt recently reported a deadly new case of avian influenza A (H5N1) in the Menia governorate, bringing the total number of cases confirmed in Egypt to 176.

A 34-year-old male construction worker was admitted to the hospital late last month after developing symptoms of the virus, including fever, sore throat, cough and difficulty breathing. He died approximately two weeks later after being listed in critical condition.

An initial investigation found the man had close contact with infected poultry at a market near his home, according to the World Health Organization. The WHO said local authorities have since implemented measures to prevent further infection from the poultry market.

Three of the four avian influenza A cases reported in 2013 resulted in death. This year, just three cases of the virus were reported, with the most recent patient as the only fatality.