25-year-old Egyptian woman dies of bird flu, country's 16th fatality

A 25-year Egyptian woman has died of bird flu after she apparently contracting the disease from domestic foul, a ministry of health spokesman said Wednesday. Ola Youness Mohammad, from the town of Beni Soweif, some 200 kilometers (130 miles) south of Cairo, tested positive on the H5N1 strain of bird flu after she was admitted to hospital last Friday, said spokesman Abdel-Rahamn Shahin. Mohammed died Tuesday night, bringing to 16 the number of Egyptians to have succumbed to the fatal strain since it first appeared in the country last year. A total of 39 bird flu patients have been registered so far in Egypt, including those who died of the disease, Shahin said.