Egypt reports third H1N1 death, cases rise to 1021

Yasmine Saleh
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CAIRO: Egypt reported the death of a 23-year-old female from Giza, the third H1N1 death in the country.

No details were released at time of press about the circumstances of the death.

Eleven new H1N1 cases were also reported Friday, according to the health ministry, including five school students and two students from Ain Shams University, raising the total to 1,021.

The first H1N1 death occurred in Egypt last July in a 25-year-old woman with a heart condition who had arrived from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah.

The second came in September when a 25-year-old woman caught the virus from her husband who had just arrived from Saudi Arabia. She had no other health problems and after investigations, the ministry blamed the death on the physicians who examined her.

The Ministry of Health also reported five cases among school students from Cairo, Alexandria and Sohag.

Two are in Al-Marek Preparatory Public School and one is from Saint Clair’s College, a private school, both in Cairo.

In Alexandria, a student from Al-Shimaa Public School fell ill while in Sohag, two cases were found in Nagah Helal School from the same class where another H1N1 case was detected last week.

Two female students from Ain Shams University, one from the faculty of arts and another from the faculty of languages, tested positive for the virus.

The three remaining cases are all Egyptians and unrelated to any of the previously detected cases.

Earlier on Friday, the ministry had announced three cases, all Egyptians. One had recently arrived from Germany and another from Qatar, ministry spokesperson Abdel Rahman Shahin said in a statement.

The third was detected in an Egyptian who isn t related to any of the previously detected cases.

Most H1N1 cases have fully recovered, said Shahin, with only 31 currently receiving treatment at hospital.

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