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A man in China was hospitalized with the H5N6 strain of avian flu, one of several potentially deadly viruses discovered in poultry flocks over the years, it said Thursday.
The 55-year-old tested positive for the bug on July 6 after he had a fever and was hospitalized in Sichuan, southwest of the country, the New York Times reported, citing the state-run China Global Television network.
The case is one of 33 cases that has occurred in the Western Pacific region since 2014, World Health Organization data shows, and state media, citing unnamed experts, said the recent infection posed no risk of large-scale human transmission. reported the point of sale.
In a brief report in English, the broadcaster said local officials “activated an emergency response and sterilized the area” upon learning of the infection.
The program did not explain how the man came into contact with the virus, whether he worked with poultry, or whether family members or close contacts were quarantined or infected.
The first human infection of the H5N6 strain was originally detected in Laos in 2014, and according to the WHO, around 60 percent of cases have resulted in death so far.
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The last case was reported in China in May.
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“Whenever avian flu viruses circulate in poultry, there is a risk of sporadic infection and small clusters of human cases due to exposure to infected poultry or contaminated environments. Therefore, sporadic cases in humans are not unexpected, ”said the WHO in its last weekly flu update on July 9th.
“Given the continued incidence of avian flu from existing and emerging influenza A (H5) viruses in poultry, animal and public health needs to remain vigilant. Community awareness of the potential threats to human health is essential to preventing infection in humans. Monitoring should continue to detect cases in humans and early changes in the transmittability and infectivity of the viruses. “
This story first appeared in the New York Post