- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 24, 2006

CAIRO (Agence France-Presse) — An Egyptian woman died yesterday after contracting the H5N1 strain of bird flu, bringing to eight the number of persons who have died from the virus in Egypt, the World Health Organization announced.

“A 30-year-old woman died Sunday as a result of H5N1 virus,” said Hassan el Bushra, a WHO official in Cairo. The woman came from a village in the central Nile delta region and was hospitalized this month with two family members, Mr. el Bushra said.

“When she was admitted to the hospital, she denied having any contact with birds, but her condition deteriorated and she was taken on Saturday to a hospital in Cairo,” he said.

Two Egyptians from the same area were reported hospitalized after testing positive for the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, the Egyptian Health Ministry said Saturday.

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