The Egyptian Health Ministry Saturday said a new human bird flu case was discovered in northern Egypt, which was the third case reported in this populous nation in one day, the official news agency MENA reported.
Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shahin said the new case, a 4-year-old girl named Mariam Abdel-Fattah, was founded in Qalyubiya governorate, about 40 km north of Cairo.
Shahin said Abdel-Fattah was admitted to hospital with high temperature after exposure to infected birds, adding that she were receiving the antiviral drug Tamiflu and her condition was stable.
Earlier in the day, Egypt announced two human bird flu cases. One was a four-year-old boy and the other seven-year-old boy.
The latest case in Qalyubiya raised the total number of human bird flu cases in Egypt to 32, of which 13 died, 13 recovered, while the other six were still hospitalized, according to Shahin.
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.