Initial tests at a U.S. Navy lab show that a 35-year-old woman who died this week in Egypt had bird flu, officials said Saturday. If the results are confirmed, she would be the country's first known human death from the disease.
[...] Egypt's health minister, Hatem El-Gabali, said earlier that the woman from the area of Qalyoubiya, north of Cairo was raising poultry at her home and some of her birds also died, according to the official news agency MENA.
Police identified the woman as Amal Mohammed Ismail and said she was hospitalized in the regional capital, Qalyoub, about two weeks ago. She subsequently was transferred to the Cairo Fevers' Hospital, where she died.
Ismail's home since has been sealed off, police said.
Mohammed Bahaa Abdel Moneim, 28, has been in hospital since Thursday after suffering symptoms of the disease, Health Minister Hatem al-Gabali was quoted as saying by the MENA news agency.
It said he kept a chicken farm and that a number of them had died last Monday.