Mar 12, 2009
WHO asks Egypt to probe H5N1 cases in children
The World Health Organization (WHO) is asking Egypt’s health ministry to investigate why so many young children are becoming infected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to a report today from the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs. Of seven H5N1 case-patients that Egypt has reported this year, all have been children younger than 3 years. All reportedly had contact with sick or dead poultry. John Jabbour, a senior WHO epidemiologist, said the cases might reflect decreased vigilance and warned that families must remain alert, because the virus is endemic in Egyptian poultry.
[Mar 12 IRIN story]