Published Date: 2010-02-18 15:32:10
Subject: PRO/EAFR> Influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 (11): Egypt
Archive Number: 20100218.205604
INFLUENZA PANDEMIC (H1N1) 2009 (11): EGYPT
A ProMED-mail post
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International Society for Infectious Diseases
Date: Wed 17 Feb 2010
Source: Daily News Egypt [edited]
The Ministry of Health has announced that the number of swine flu
[influenza pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infection] cases in Egypt has
reached 16 053, out of which 268 have died since the A (H1N1) virus
first appeared in the country last June . The total number
includes 5589 cases among school students and 862 university students.
The latest virus-related death was that of a 39-year-old woman from
Beheira governorate on Monday [15 Feb 2010] , according to Abdel
Rahman Shahin, spokesman of the Ministry of Health. 79 percent of
[influenza A (H1N1)] related deaths were patients of chronic
illnesses and pregnant women. More than 97 percent of the reported
cases have recovered.
In a related note, Amr Kandil, deputy minister of health for
preventive medicine, announced that everyone traveling to Saudi
Arabia to perform Umrah pilgrimage (pilgrimage to Mecca at any time
of the year), has to be vaccinated against [influenza A (H1N1)], in
addition to the other mandatory vaccinations -- seasonal flu and
meningitis. This upcoming Umrah season marks the celebration of
Prophet Mohamed's birthday.
Around the country, the rate of [influenza A (H1N1)] cases reported
has been declining and will continue to do so until April ,
Shahin said. However, the ministry is still on alert for a new wave
of the virus expected in March . The highest number of
[influenza A (H1N1)] cases was reported in the last week of December .
The World Health Organization confirmed the decline in the number of
cases in its situation update released [Fri 12 Feb 2010]. "In North
Africa, pandemic influenza transmission persists but substantial
declines in activity have been observed over the past month across the region.
"In Morocco, levels of ILI [influenza-like illness] have returned to
near baseline, and in Egypt, the number of confirmed cases has
declined considerably," WHO said in the update.
[Byline: Safaa Abdoun]
[The current report indicates that pandemic influenza (H1N1) activity
has declined in Egypt and in the whole of North Africa. Nonetheless,
the authorities should continue keeping surveillance up to detect any
changes in the current trend.
The governorates of Egypt can be seen via the map at
HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Egypt is available at
http://healthmap.org/r/008F. - Mod.JFW]