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Egyptian Girl Dies of Bird Flu


Egyptian officials say a 10-year-old girl died Saturday after testing positive for bird flu - the 15th death in Egypt from the deadly H5N1 virus.

Health officials say the girl, from the southern province of Qena, was hospitalized earlier this week in critical condition. Officials say she had been in contact with birds raised in the family's yard.

Authorities say the girl was the 35th human case of avian flu in Egypt. Most of the victims have been women and children who raise poultry.

The disease was first reported in Egypt last year. The country has the highest number of confirmed human cases outside Asia.

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

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