Title: Egypt, an unexplained illness killed three children in a cluster of cases near Cairo.
Subject: A cluster of unexplained illness in Egypt, with three fatal cases.
Source: Al Alam, full page: (LINK). Article in Arabic, edited.
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Egypt, an unexplained illness killed three children in a cluster of cases near Cairo
An Egyptian media on Friday informed that Imad Eddin said in remarks on the sidelines of the celebration of Women's Day in Cairo: "The ministry has received a notification since February 28 of the existence of an unexplained illness with symptoms of gastroenteritis and suspected poisoning, affecting a family of father, mother and three individuals in Shubra Khaimah (north of the capital). "
The minister explained that "the first case reported was a woman, aged 63, was booked Fever Hospital Imbaba (west of Cairo), followed by 3 days we received notifications of the existence of injuries of 11 more people from the same family and the same property suffer from the symptoms and problems sick themselves."
Imad Eddin pointed out that "preventive medicine began taking samples of the food and drink the blood of all the people; for analysis, but that all the samples tested negative so far."
He added: "The ministry brought in a committee to detect whether there are grounds or not radioactive and pending its report."
Imad Eddin pointed out that "there are three children have died so far, and the first child age 7 months, and the second three years, and the third two and a half."
He continued: "There are two other children; the first in Imbaba Fever, and the second in the military evacuation hospital under observation," adding, "We are not able to determine if it was a virus or microbe, and we all viruses and microbes tests proved negative aspects."
Adding: "But there is a committee of the Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams (government) is reviewing all the tests, and they will work report, to be presented today; to see if there was an update or not reveal a clear explanation of what caused the death and injury of those persons."
Some Egyptian media outlets have suggested that the [H5N8 avian influenza virus] could be the cause.
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Keywords: Egypt; Undiagnosed Illness; Qaliubyia; Cairo; Cluster of cases.