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Egypt Reports 2nd Suspected Human Case of Bird Flu


Egypt has reported a second suspected human case of bird flu as Israel culls thousands of birds in an effort to contain an outbreak.

Egypt's health ministry said Sunday a young man hospitalized since Thursday is suffering symptoms of the disease. It said he kept a farm, north of Cairo, where a number of chickens died last Monday.

The report followed the death Friday in Egypt of a woman believed to have contracted the H5N1 strain of the virus.

In Israel, authorities say the situation is under control. They are killing tens of thousands of birds to try to prevent the disease from spreading.

Bird flu has spread across parts of Europe, Africa and Asia, killing about 100 people since 2003. Health officials have warned it could mutate into a virus that can be easily transmitted between humans and create a global pandemic.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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