The number of human H5N1 avian influenza (AI) cases continue their spike in Egypt as health ministry officials advise of the 17th case of the year in three year old child from Sohag Governorate, according to a report (computer translated).

This is the 13th H5N1 infection reported out of Egypt in less than a month. Eight fatalities have been reported. This is the most cases and deaths due to H5N1 AI in Egypt since 2011 when the north African country reported 39 cases and 15 deaths.

Since 2003, there has been nearly 700 human H5N1 AI cases reported with only Indonesia reporting more cases than Egypt.