Outbreaks

Egyptian woman dies of bird flu, second death in two days

Ducks in cages are seen at a duck farm in Nafferton, northern England November 17, 2014. The European Commission on Monday praised the action taken by Britain and the Netherlands to contain their respective cases of bird flu, saying all protocols had been followed. In the British case, the virus was discovered at a duck farm in North Yorkshire.

Ducks in cages are seen at a duck farm in Nafferton, northern England November 17, 2014. The European Commission on Monday praised the action taken by Britain and the Netherlands to contain their respective cases of bird flu, saying all protocols had been followed. In the British case, the virus was discovered at a duck farm in North Yorkshire.  (REUTERS - Tags: ANIMALS DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

An Egyptian woman died on Tuesday of H5N1 bird flu after coming into contact with infected birds, the second death from the disease in two days and the third in the country this year, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

The 30-year-old woman was from the province of Minya, south of Cairo, the health ministry said in a statement reported by Al-Ahram on its website. She died in a hospital in the southern city of Assiut.

A 19-year-old woman died of bird flu on Monday in Assiut.

The ministry was quoted by Al-Ahram as saying that they have identified a total of seven cases of the virus this year, including the three who died.

The World Health Organization warns that whenever bird flu viruses are circulating in poultry, there is a risk of sporadic infections or small clusters of human cases, especially in people exposed to infected birds or contaminated environments.

Human cases of H5N1 are rare, however, and the virus does not currently appear to transmit easily from person to person.

Egypt's H5N1 cases have largely been found in impoverished rural areas in the south of the country, where villagers, particularly women, tend to keep and slaughter poultry in the home.