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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Egypt announces first human death of H5N1 bird flu

Egypt announced that a woman has died of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu, marking the first reported human case in the country.

It said woman, Amal Mohammed Ismail, had died as a result of the virus and that authorities had sent samples to Britain for further tests.

The woman, who hails from Nawa village in the governorate of Qaliubiya just north of Cairo, died of a fever at the main hospital in the capital district of Abassiya, nearly two weeks after she was admitted with flu-like symptoms.

Is it just one woman so far?

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