INTERNATIONAL

Egypt confirms first case of human bird flu



CAIRO: Egypt confirmed on Saturday that a woman had died of H5N1 bird flu virus, the first human case of the lethal disease in the country, state television reported. The woman from Nawa village in the governorate of Qalyubiya, some 40 km north of Cairo, was admitted to a hospital in Cairo nearly two weeks ago with fever symptom. Samples of the victim has been sent to Britain for further tests, it added. Security forces have sealed off the woman's village, and health officials are taking samples from people who may have come into contact with her or her poultry. Egypt has taken tough measures to prevent the spread of bird flu since the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain was found in dead poultry for the first time on Feb. 17. About 100 persons worldwide have died of the disease since late 2003, most of them were infected after contact with birds.