An Egyptian woman died from bird flu on friday. The bird flu virus has killed 11 people in Egypt, which has the largest cluster of human bird flu cases outside Asia.
Despite two cases of genetic mutation in bird flu in Egypt that moderately reduced the effectiveness of oseltamivir, the most strongly recommended drug, the United Nations health agency is not changing its recommendation because the level of resistance is not yet well established and the virus has not become more easily transmissible between humans.
Viruses with a genetic mutation, linked in laboratory testing to moderately reduced susceptibility to oseltamivir, have been discovered in two persons previously reported with H5N1 infections in Egypt. Both patients had been on treatment with oseltamivir for two days before the clinical samples that yielded the viruses were taken.
A 26-year-old Egyptian man died of bird flu on Wednesday, the third member of his extended family to die of the virus, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report highlighted.
Egyptian health ministry reported that a 15-year-old Egyptian girl has died of bird flu. Nine people in Egypt have died from the H5N1 strain of avian flu since the virus first appeared in the country’s poultry in February.
Egyptian Health Minister Dr. Hatem Mostafa El-Gabaly today opened a new $32 million tablet factory built by AstraZeneca near Cairo ? the company?s first manufacturing investment in the Middle East. David Brennan, Chief Executive Officer of AstraZeneca, also attended the opening ceremony at the factory in 6th of October City.