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 day.
AdvertisementAccording 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 country.