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H5N1 claims first African victim:

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Egyptian ministry of health yesterday confirmed the country's first case of human infection with the H5N1 virus, making it also the first avian flu death in Africa. The patient, a 30-year-old woman from the Qaliubiya governorate, near Cairo, developed symptoms in early March and died within 24 hours of being hospitalised. Testing was conducted by the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit, NAMRU-3. Diagnostic verification and further analysis is being conducted by a WHO collaborating laboratory. The news follows World Health Organization warnings to health authorities across the continent to rapidly develop surveillance systems and healthcare services.

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