Egypt Independent

Health Ministry: Man catches bird flu in Minya

The Ministry of Health and Population announced that a 34-year-old man in Minya has been inflected with the A/H5N1 virus known as bird fllu.
It added the patient was currently on a ventilator at hospital and his condition was unstable.
The ministry said in a statement on Wednesday evening that it has taken preventive measures once the case was suspected and isolated the patient in Minya Fever Hospital. A sample for the patient was sent to Cairo labs for analysis and his infection with bird flu was confirmed according to results.
A team from the Preventive Medicine Sector was dispatched to the patient's residence in Minya, the statement said. His wife and children  were inspected and they are in good health and have no bird flu symptoms, according to the statement. They will be reinspected after 10 days, it added.
The patient was transferred to a Cairo hospital in Abbasiya and placed on a ventilator, said the statement.
Egypt has not witnessed bird flu cases since April 2013, according to the Health Ministry.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm