For the second time this year China is reporting a human infection with the recently emerged H5N6 virus. You may recall that last May (see Sichuan China: 1st Known Human Infection With H5N6 Avian Flu) we saw the first reported poultry outbreak, and human infection with this virus - and since then the virus has been reported in poultry outbreaks both in Vietnam and China.
Last month in FAO-EMPRES Report On The Emergence And Threat Of H5N6, we looked at this, and other recently emerged avian flu viruses in China.
Two reports, the first from Xinhua News followed by a statement from Hong Kong’s CHP.
Guangdong found one case of human infection with the H5N6 bird flu
At 21:43 on December 23 2014
Guangzhou Xinhua December 23 (Reporter Xiao Sisi) Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission briefing on the 23rd, the Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission into the winter season in influenza and other respiratory diseases after the high season, influenza, severe pneumonia and other routine monitoring, From one case of severe pneumonia cases were detected positive for H5N6 avian influenza virus nucleic acid. 22, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention for further review test results for influenza A H5N6 avian influenza virus nucleic acid positive.
December 23, the National Family Planning Health Organization expert consultation and assessment, combined with clinical manifestations of cases, laboratory test results and epidemiological history, the diagnosis of the cases of H5N6 human cases of avian influenza infection. Experts judged believe in this case appears to sporadic cases. All close contacts of cases did not appear abnormal human transmission does not occur.
According to the briefing, the patients were male, 58 years old, currently living in Panyu District, Guangzhou City, had colon surgery performed last year, is currently in critical condition in hospitals in Guangzhou admitted to hospital.
Experts, the influenza virus hemagglutinin is based on the virus surface (H) and neuraminidase (N) to name, which has 16 subtypes H, N has nine subtypes. H5N6 avian influenza is a subtype of avian influenza virus.
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) has been notified by the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province of a confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) today (December 23) affecting a 58-year-old man in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.
The patient, who is in critical condition, is currently receiving treatment in a hospital in Guangzhou. No abnormality was reported among the close contacts of the patient.
“All novel influenza A infections (including H5N6) are notifiable diseases in Hong Kong," a spokesman for the DH said.
"Locally, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," the spokesman said.
"In view of cases confirmed on the Mainland, members of the public should maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene at all times during travel," the spokesman urged.