The 19th victim of the bird-flu was an Egyptian woman, infected by home-raised poultry. For the authorities, it has become very important to inform people of the dangers this behaviour involves. But, bad habits die hard. (Report: Y.Saadoun)
In developing countries, breeding poultry is one of the most practical ways to survive. Chickens and other stock farming birds provide food for the poor on a daily basis, and they can eventually sell what’s left.
Last December Fardousse Kandil, a 35 year old Egyptian woman, died. She was the nineteenth human victim of bird flu. She died in only a few hours. Fardousse was raising an infected animal in her home.
The Egyptian government – in association with UNICEF and Japanese authorities – has started a vast information campaign to try to prevent further deaths. Its goal is to explain to people living in the country what precautions should be taken to minimise the risks of infection. Thus, 13 000 educators are traveling all around Egypt. Knocking on nearly everyone’s door.
Date created : 2008-02-07