3-year-old girl is Egypt's 27th case of bird flu

A three-year-old girl has contracted the potentially deadly strain of bird flu, bringing the total number of Egyptians to be diagnosed with the disease to 27 since it appeared in the country last year. Health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahine said the girl - identified as Hajer Mohammed Awadallah from the southern city of Aswan - was admitted to a local hospital with a fever and cold symptoms. She tested positive for the H5N1 bird flu strain on Sunday, he added. "She is receiving medical treatment at Aswan children hospital," Shahine said, adding that her condition was table and that she was being treated with Tamiflu, the drug of choice for bird flu in humans.