Egypt reports 8th bird flu fatality in 3 weeks

A five-year-old boy died from the virus in the southern Assiut province

A five-year-old boy died from the virus in the southern Assiut province

CAIRO – An Egyptian child died on Friday after contracting bird flu, becoming the eighth fatality from the virus in Egypt within three weeks.

A five-year-old boy died from the virus in the southern Assiut province, the Egyptian Health Ministry said in a statement.

Friday's fatality brings total bird flu deaths in Egypt to 82 since the virus first appeared in 2006, according to Health Ministry figures.

The H5N1 virus, commonly known as bird flu, caused huge losses to poultry owners and breeders when it first appeared in the country 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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