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Egypt: Bird flu has killed 25 people, 67 infections

A 25-year-old Egyptian woman has died of the H5N1 bird flu virus. This is the 25th human fatality of the avian influenza virus in Egypt.

The woman, from Cairo, died of respiratory failure, MENA reported.

It was also reported earlier this week that a 6-year-old boy had died from the bird flu virus. The boy, who had been admitted to hospital in late March, was Egypt's first bird flu fatality of 2009.

Egypt has seen a surge in human cases in recent months, with 16 confirmed since the start of the year, compared to seven cases between 1 Jan and 17 April last year.

Natalie Berkhout

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