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Third Egyptian Woman Dies of Bird Flu in a Week


Egypt's Health Ministry says a 26-year-old woman has died from bird flu, the third death from the disease in less than one week.

In a statement, the ministry said the woman, from Menoufia province in the Nile Delta, was admitted to a hospital on Saturday and died Monday.

A Health Ministry official said the victim was exposed to poultry infected with bird flu.

The woman was the 18th bird flu fatality in Egypt and the country's 43nd human infection since the virus appeared there in February 2006.

Egypt's location on major bird migration routes and the widespread practice of keeping domestic fowl near living quarters have helped make it the hardest-hit country outside of Asia.

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