With the onset of migration season this winter, officials fear that there may be an increase in cases of avian flu virus H5N1 in Egypt and in other parts of the world.
Egyptian Health Ministry has urged on taking the necessary precautions well in advance on account of this new surge. The strain of bird flu virus might be even more deadly among fowl and humans in Egypt, where human death toll of 7 has already been reported since March 2006.
Sayyid al-Abbasi Egyptian health ministry official said that Egypt might be hit harder compared to other countries, as it is the major migratory route for birds.
New bird flu locations like Luxor and the area of Najaa Al-Abyada were recently discovered where birds in the vicinity were being culled - Egypt's official news agency MENA reported. More than 30 million birds especially from poultries have been culled under government supervision ever since the detection of the first bird flu case.
While a winter ban on birds have been imposed soon after the virus was first detected, health ministry spokesperson, Abdel Rahman fears that the ban would lead in people concealing the birds instead of quelling them. Training health and social workers and raising public awareness across the country might be considered as alternate measures-he added.