Tuesday, June 9

AUC Confirms Two Cases with Swine Flu

Two American students who arrived to Cairo on May 28th to study at the American University in Cairo were taken to hospital two days ago after they had fever. Analysis came positive that they both were infected with the H1N1 - Swine Flu - virus.

A third student - also American - was taken to hospital last night with high fever, results did not come out yet whether she was also infected with H1N1 virus. This is a quote from the message sent on June 8, by Mr. Brian MacDougall, Vice President for Planning and Administration at AUC,
Please be advised that overnight the Egyptian Ministry of Health confirmed positive H1N1 test results for two AUC students. These two students have been hospitalized and are receiving the necessary medical treatment.
He also mentioned in a later email that,
As a result of the two confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu in the Zamalek dormitory, the university has decided to suspend classes until Sunday, June 14, 2009.

This bring a serious question to the Egyptian Ministry of Health, both patients arrived on May 28th, and virus was found in them on June 8th. It takes the virus 1 to 4 days inside the body before symptoms start to appear. This means that the two American students are likely to have received the virus from someone else in Egypt, not in the States. Local newspapers are heavily attacking the Ministry of Health; after weeks of boasting their precautionary measures, it seems that all their efforts were just a bluff.