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Fourth Fatal H5N1 Case in Egypt

Recombinomics Commentary 18:50
December 31, 2007

A woman died of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in northern Egypt on Monday, the country's fourth fatality from the virus in less than a week, the World Health Organisation said.

The above comments add support for a virulent H5N1 circulating in Egypt at this time.  It is not clear if the fourth death is one of the two cases (22F, 50F) who were confirmed last week, but remained hospitalized, or is a new confirmed fatal case.

The alarming spike in the number of cases and fatalities (see satellite map) highlights the need for the release of H5N1 sequences from the recent avian and human cases.

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