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Egypt quarantines dorm as new swine flu cases surfaces

afrol News, 8 June - The Egyptian authorities have quarantined a dormitory at the American University in Cairo after it confirmed two new cases of H1N1 in the American students, local media has reported.

The new two cases, brings up the number of confirmed swine flu cases to three in the country.

The university's public relations office has also confirmed today that the two cases were discovered Sunday night along with a third suspected case, stating that all three have been hospitalised.

Earlier this month, Egypt authorities announced its first confirmed swine flu case.

Reports said heavily armed police officers wearing masks have guarded the dorm in the Zamalek area of Cairo that houses about 100 foreign students to ensure that no one escapes the quarantined premises.

Egypt, which was hit hard by the fatal bird flu which claimed over 50 lives since 2006, has also decided in late April to cull all the pigs in the country to stem the highly infectious swine flu.

Egypt has also stepped up surveillance measures at the airport to try to prevent the arrival of the disease, including by installing thermal monitors that help detect and swiftly isolate the country's first H1N1 case.

The latest update by the World Health Organisation last Friday said 21,940 cases of H1N1 infection have been confirmed in 69 countries, including 125 deaths since the outbreak began.

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