Seventh Egyptian dies from bird flu

October 31, 2006 16:21


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A woman has died from bird flu, bringing to seven the number of Egyptians killed by the disease, the semi-official Middle East News Agency has reported. Hannan Aboul Magd, 39, died Monday in a Cairo hospital where she had been receiving treatment since October 4, MENA quoted Health Ministry spokesman Abdul-Rahman Shahin as saying. Magd contracted the lethal H5N1 virus while slaughtering and cleaning chickens at her home in Gharbiya province, north of Cairo, the agency said. Egypt's previous six fatalities were also females. In Egypt, women and young girls tend to look after chickens and turkeys kept in the backyard, making them more vulnerable to avian flu. Sixteen Egyptians are known to have contracted avian flu, including Magd. Nine have recovered from the disease.

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