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A 33-year-old woman from the northern Egyptian province of Kafr el-Sheikh
A 33-year-old woman from the northern Egyptian province of Kafr el-Sheikh died of bird flu on Friday, the country's health ministry said in a statement.

The death is the third from bird flu in Egypt this month. The other victims were a 25-year-old woman and a six-year-old boy.

Egypt's first recorded bird flu case was in 2006, and since then some 70 people have contracted the disease, with 26 cases proving fatal.

Egyptian authorities have said that the country has seen a recent rise in bird flu cases, particularly among children under three. The World Health Organization has called for a study of the cases to see if there is any pattern.

In addition, a 23-year-old woman has died of the deadly virus in Vietnam, the fourth case in the southern Asian country this year, the Associated Press said.

As of April 23, a total of 420 bird flu cases had been registered worldwide since the virus was first detected in 2003, resulting in 257 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

Although there have been no incidences of human-to-human infection, experts fear that the bird flu virus may mutate into a form that could be easily transmitted from person to person, causing a global pandemic.


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