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Young Girl Dies of Bird Flu in Egypt

The Egyptian Health Ministry says a 15-year-old girl has died of bird flu, the second such death in as many days.

The ministry says the girl died Monday after contracting the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

The girl was apparently from the same family as a 30-year-old woman who died of bird flu on Sunday. Two members of the woman's family had also been diagnosed with bird flu.

A regional official of the World Health Organization said the woman had been hospitalized in mid-December but was only tested for the deadly form of the flu in the last few days. He said she initially did not tell health officials that she lived in close contact with ducks.

Nine Egyptians have now died from bird flu since it was first detected in Egyptian poultry in February.

Many poor Egyptians live in close contact with chickens and ducks that they raise for their own consumption.

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