An Egyptian woman has died from bird flu overnight, bringing to 11 the number of people in the country to have succumbed to the lethal disease. Warda Eid Ahmed, 27, from Beni Sueif south of Cairo, was hospitalised on January 13 in Cairo before being diagnosed with H5N1 four days later.
"Eight of the 19 cases have been cured," health ministry spokesman Abdel Rahman Shahin said, quoted by the Mena news agency Saturday. "The cases which were detected early and treated quickly were all cured. The 11 deaths were victims discovered to be at an advanced stage of the disease," he added.
According to Shahin, the latest victim had undergone treatment with the anti-flu drug Tamiflu.