Nasr Tantawi, World Health Organization therapeutic medicine adviser to Cairo, said cases of ‘swine flu’ H1N1 infection reached 45 cases on 1 January. Fourteen cases, including four doctors, died of the virus.
Tantawi called for combating the infection at hospitals and separating all infected cases. A total of 107 cases were suspected of being infected last month.
Analyses proved 45 cases were positive, while the rest of the results have not came up yet. The organization, according to him, conducted the analyses at reference laboratories in a US research unit to guarantee the results' integrity.
Tantawi said he met with Health Minister Maha Rabat and other ministry officials to draw up a plan to limit infection across the country.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm