Avian Influenza A (H5N6): A Problem in China

Avian InfluenzaThe National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China has informed WHO of two additional laboratory-confirmed cases human infection with avian influenza A or H5N6 virus between 30 December 2015 and 2 January 2016.

A report from the health authorities in Southern China said that on Tuesday, a 26-year old woman has died of a wrench of bird flu, and another woman was reported in a serious condition.

A 40-year old from Duanzhou District, Zhaoqing City was admitted to hospital on 28 December and currently in critical condition.

The two was believed to have contracted a strain of bird flu which is also known as H5N5 which has so far only seen in China.

On 30 of December, a press officer at Shenzhen’s Center for Disease Contro and Prevention has asserted the death of the local woman.

Recently, there are a total of six human cases of H5N6 have been reported in China from May 2014. This virus that has been affecting the people in China has been detected in poultry in China, Lao and Vietnam.

The World Health Organization or WHO has said that human cases of bird flu has remained uncommon, with irregular cases occuring following exposure to infected poultry or a contaminated environment. The WHO says that there is no evidence of the transmission of bird flu when it comes to human-to-human.

The World Health Organization currently monitors this type of virus which is the H5N6 situation. They are conducting risk assessments. As of now, the general risk associated with avian influenza A (H5N6) viruses had no changes.

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