The dreaded H5N1 is not completely gone. While WHO declared H1N1 pandemic over, there are other forms of flu viruses that are lying dormant and can raise their ugly heads.
Webster, chairman of the virology and molecular biology department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, says that bird flu remains a possible threat and could be the cause of the next global outbreak.
Although bird flu deaths have been dropping over the last few years, they have started to rise in Egypt, Webster added.
Human to human transmission of H5N1 has not been possible so far. However, these viruses mutate and they jump species say birds to pigs and then to humans all the while mingling and exchanging genes with other flu viruses like H1N1.
The Egyptian Central Public Health Laboratories, a National Influenza Center of the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance Network (GISN), confirmed the woman had A(H5N1) avian influenza infection.
112 laboratory confirmed cases of Avian influenza A(H5N1) infection have been reported in Egypt; 36 of them died.