Avian Influenza (H5N1)

A 30-year-old woman from Beni Mazar Center in Minia Governorate [Al Minya], Egypt is the 8th confirmed human case of H5N1 avian influenza [AI] reported in 2014 in the North African country.According to a Egyptian Ministry of Health press statement (machine translation), the woman was exposed to sick birds (domestic breeding). The statement notes the patient exhibited symptoms on Tue 11 Nov 2014, including fever, sore throat and cough, difficulty breathing and pain in the joints. 

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Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) viruses 

From 2003 through 27 June 2014, 667 laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection have been officially reported to WHO from 15 countries. Of these cases, 393 have died. 

Since the last WHO Influenza at the Human-Animal Interface update on 5 May 2014, two laboratory-confirmed human cases of influenza A(H5N1) virus infection were reported to WHO; one from Indonesia in a 33-year-old man from DKI Jakarta and the other from Egypt in a 34-year-old man from Menia governorate. This is not unexpected as influenza A(H5N1) viruses are known to be circulating in poultry in these areas in both countries. 

By WHO (11 July 2014)

This report describes the epidemiology of 39 laboratory-confirmed human cases of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infection that were reported from 7 countries during 2013, and summarizes the information on human infections with other nonseasonal influenza viruses.  

Read the full report:  http://www.who.int/wer/2014/wer8928.pdf     

 

 

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