CAIRO: The number of swine flu cases in Egypt has risen dramatically with the Ministry of Health reporting 59 new cases Thursday, bringing the total to 1,422.
Out of the 59 new cases, 27 are students: 22 in schools in Cairo, three in Helwan and two in Giza, bringing the total number of cases among students to 175 with one death reported of a nine-year-old at Egypt Language School in Helwan last Saturday.
Four new cases were also reported among college students. The remaining 28 cases include 21 Egyptians, all residing in Egypt, four Russians arriving from Russia, two Polish and one British tourist arriving from England.
All cases are in stable condition and are receiving treatment.
Abdel Rahman Shahin, spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, urged anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms to stay home in a secluded room that is properly ventilated.