An Egyptian boy has contracted the bird flu virus, the Health Ministry saying on Feb. 8, in the second such case in the last week and the 55th case since the virus reached Egypt in 2006. The eighteen-month-old boy first showed symptoms on Feb. 6 after coming into contact with dead birds and was admitted to hospital on Feb. 7. He was administered the antiviral drug Tamiflu and is now in a stable condition, the health ministry said. On Feb. 5, the ministry reported a two-year-old boy in the Suez province was in hospital after contracting the virus. (Reuters)

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