A woman and child died of H5N1 bird flu, the Egyptian health
ministry announced on Monday.
Egyptian health ministry spokesman Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said
that the six-year-old child died in Minya province on Monday evening, after a
47-year-old woman succumbed to the disease in Assiut province earlier in the
According to the official, the total number of flu cases
detected so far this year has risen to 20. This includes five deaths as well as
six recoveries and nine cases still under treatment.
"There has been a jump in the number of H5N1 infections in
people in Egypt, but that there does not appear to have been any major genetic
change in the flu strain to explain the rise in human cases," says a statement
from The World Health Organization (WHO).
At least 10 people died from the disease in Egypt in 2014.
The WHO said that there were 18 new laboratory-confirmed
human cases of H5N1 infection in Egypt between Dec. 4 and Jan. 6, including
four deaths. This is the highest ever monthly number of human cases in the