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UPDATED: 08:16, April 04, 2007
Egypt registers high human bird flu recovery rates: official
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Egypt's human bird flu recovery rates are very high in comparison with international rates, Egyptian Health and Population Minister Hatem el-Gabali said on Tuesday.

Among the 32 human cases detected in Egypt since the disease appeared in February last year, 11 were children, seven of the children have fully recovered and the remaining four are still under treatment and their condition is stable, the Egyptian MENA news agency quoted el-Gabali as saying.

Of the adults, 13 died and the other eight were fully cured, he added, noting that all those who contracted the disease had been in close contact with domestic birds.

This resulted in higher human bird flu recovery rates in Egypt compared with the international rates of 32 percent, according to el-Gabali.

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, 2006.

Source: Xinhua

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