Egypt announces year's 6th bird flu fatality

CAIRO – An Egyptian woman has died of bird flu, the Health Ministry announced Wednesday, raising the total number of fatalities from the virus to six since the beginning of the year.

A 36-year-old woman died in Cairo after having contracted the H5N1 virus, the ministry said.

The latest death brings the official death toll from the virus since it first appeared in Egypt in 2006 to 80 people.

The H5N1 virus, commonly known as bird flu, caused huge losses to poultry owners and breeders when it first appeared eight years ago.

Although the avian flu is generally found in poultry, some types – which are potentially fatal – can affect humans as well. 

H5N1 is endemic to pigeons and some other birds. The virus has caused numerous deaths in over 15 countries, especially Indonesia, Egypt and Vietnam.

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