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H5N6 Avian Influenza Case Reported in Sichuan, China

Hong Kong health officials reported today they were closely monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland.

The case is a 27-year-old female living in Dazhou, Sichuan. She developed symptoms on July 20 and was admitted for treatment on July 22.

From 2014 to date, 86 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported by Mainland health authorities.

Avian influenza is caused by those influenza viruses that mainly affect birds and poultry, such as chickens or ducks. Clinical presentation of avian influenza in humans may range from flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches) to severe respiratory illness (e.g. chest infection).

Eye infection (conjunctivitis) and gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) have also been reported. The incubation period ranges from 7 to 10 days. The more virulent forms can result in respiratory failure, multi-organ failure and even death.

Source : Outbreak News Today