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Two Egyptian boys contract bird flu

Two Egyptian boys have contracted the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 74, reports MENA.

Since 1 April, Egypt has seen a surge in cases with 14 new human infections and 4 deaths reported. This is more than the country saw in all of 2008.

The 2 boys - a 4-year-old boy from Daqahlia in the Nile Delta and a 3-year-old boy from Sohag in the south - were admitted to hospital with high fever and were in a stable condition after being treated with Tamiflu, said MENA.

The new infections came just days after a 4-year-old girl died of the bird flu virus. Overall, 27 Egyptians have died after contracting avian influenza.

Natalie Berkhout

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