BREAKING: First Human Death from Bird Flu in Egypt
Egypt announced that a woman has died of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu, marking the first reported human case in the country.
It said woman, Amal Mohammed Ismail, had died as a result of the virus and that authorities had sent samples to Britain for further tests.
Security forces have sealed off Ismail's village, a source at the interior ministry said, and health officials are taking samples from people who may have come into contact with her or her poultry.
Qaloubiyah governorate is 40 KM (25 miles) north of Cairo. Egypt detected the deadly H5N1 strain of the virus in poultry flocks last month.
The 30-year-old woman who died on March 17 in an Egyptian hospital tested positive for avian influenza by the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo. Samples were sent to a World Health Organization-accredited laboratory in the U.K. for verification, the government's Supreme National Committee to Combat Bird Flu said in a statement on its Web site yesterday.
So at the end of the day who is helping to save us from this human disaster? The answer is the west.
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