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UPDATED: 09:52, January 20, 2007
Five suspected human bird flu cases reported in Egypt
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Another five persons were suspected of having been infected with bird flu virus in Egypt, an Egyptian Health Ministry official said on Friday.

Three women had already been sent to a fever hospital in downtown Cairo after being suspected of having been infected with the deadly disease, the official was quoted by Egyptian TV as saying.

Due to the same reason, another lady and a child have also been sent to a hospital in Fayyum governorate, 85 km south to Cairo, the official added.

On Wednesday, Egypt announced the 19th human bird flu case after a 27-year-old woman from central Egypt was tested positive to the deadly H5N1 virus, the official news agency MENA reported.

It is Egypt's first human bird flu case in 2007, also the 19th case since the outbreak of the epidemic.

Egypt found the first bird flu case in dead poultry on Feb. 17, 2006 and then the virus spread to 20 of the country's 26 governorates.

The populous Arab country reported first human bird flu case on March 18 of 2006. Since then, 10 people have died of the fatal virus in Egypt.

Source: Xinhua

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