Egyptian girl tests positive for bird flu

June 9, 2007 09:43


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A 10-year-old Egyptian girl has tested positive for bird flu, bringing to 35 the number of Egyptians who have been infected with the virus since it first appeared in the country last year, the state-run news agency reported. The girl was infected after mingling with birds raised at her home in the southern city of Qena, Egypt's Middle East News Agency quoted the Health Ministry as saying Friday. The girl is hospitalized in critical condition, MENA said. Out of the 35 bird flu cases, 14 Egyptians have died, according to the agency. Most of the fatalities have been women or girls whose families were raising poultry in their backyards and had daily contact with chickens or turkeys.

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