Via CIDRAP: Flu Scan for Jul 09, 2014: Fatal H5N1 case in Egypt; WHO pandemic prep program. Excerpt:
A 34-year-old Egyptian man whose H5N1 avian flu case was announced in late June has died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in a statement.
The man, from Minya governorate, was a construction worker who got sick on Jun 15 and was hospitalized Jun 22 after his symptoms didn't improve after several clinic visits. His H5N1 infection was confirmed by Egypt's central lab on Jun 25, which prompted an announcement the next day by the country's health ministry.
The man was transferred to a hospital in Cairo on Jun 25, where he had been listed in critical condition. He died on Jul 7, according to the WHO.
An investigation revealed that the man had contact with sick poultry at a market near his home before he became ill. Contact tracing has turned up no other people with flulike symptoms.
His illness is Egypt's third H5N1 infection and first fatality from the disease so far this year. The country's overall total is 176 cases, 64 of them fatal. The global total is 667, the WHO said at the end of June. The man's death would push the overall fatality count to 394.