Archive for May, 2009

rift valley fever

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Peace be Upon You All … and welcome to the new post of  ViroMag – The Weekly Virology Magazine

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Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a viral zoonosis that primarily affects animals but also has the capacity to infect humans. Infection can cause severe disease in both animals and humans, leading to high rates of disease and death. The disease also results in significant economic losses due to death and abortion among RVF-infected livestock.



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15 May 2009 — The Ministry of Health of Egypt has reported a new confirmed human case of avian influenza. The case is a 5-year old female from Tama District, Sohag Governorate. Her symptoms began on 7 May and she was admitted in Sohag Fever Hospital on 9 May where she received oseltamivir. She is in a stable condition.


The case was confirmed by the Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories on 10 May 2009.


Investigations into the source of infection indicate close contact with dead and sick poultry.


The Ministry of Health of Egypt has announced the deaths of previously confirmed cases of H5N1 as follows:


6-year-old male from Qaliobia Governorate;
33-year-old female from Kfr El Sheikh Governorate
25-year-old female from Cairo Governorate



Of the 69 cases confirmed to date in Egypt, 26 have been fatal.


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