The number of human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Egypt has increased to 21 since the beginning of the year, according to a report by the news source, Tahir News (computer translated).

H5N1 avian influenza Image/Cynthia Goldsmith/ Jackie Katz
H5N1 avian influenza
Image/Cynthia Goldsmith/ Jackie Katz

The report states that the Egyptian Health Ministry confirmed a new case in Assiut goverornate and an addition fatality in Cairo.

To date, Egypt has seen 21 human cases, eight people have recovered, seven people are currently being treated and six have succumbed to the disease.

The Ministry of Health and Population called on citizens who deal with poultry to go immediately to the nearest hospital for care in the event of the appearance of flu symptoms. Tamiflu has been shown to be an effective treatment if given within 24 hours of onset of symptoms.

In addition, the Ministry of Health advised citizens who deal with poultry to exercise caution and prudence when dealing with birds, especially ones that shows the symptoms, and the need to take preventive measures to prevent infection. The precaution include covering the mouth and nose when dealing with poultry, wash your hands with soap and water after handling birds and not to take children to places of education birds or slaughter, as well as the need to separate the birds from the living quarters.