Egypt reports fourth human case of bird flu virus

March 21, 2006 18:49


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A 17-year-old Egyptian has been infected with the deadly bird flu virus, the fourth case of human infection reported in Egypt in less than a week, the health minister said Tuesday. The infected teen is a son of an owner of a chicken farm where thousands of infected poultry were culled recently, Minister Hatem el-Gabaly said, according to the official Middle East News Agency. El-Gabaly said the teen, only identified as a student, is receiving medical care and his condition is stable. Opposition newspapers reported Tuesday that other cases of the H5N1 virus have been found, but health ministry officials denied that and promised the government would be transparent about the deadly virus. Egypt discovered its first cases of the virus in birds last month.

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