It's been nearly a month since China last reported a human H5N6 case, which involved a patient who became infected in late March. Belated reporting of cases, often by a month or more, is not uncommon by China.
Today's case involves a 49-year-old male living in Guangxi province who fell ill on April 16th and died on April 24th. This is the 14th case reported by China in 2022, although we have no way of knowing how comprehensive these numbers really are.
Since late in 2020, we've seen a marked increase in cases, with more than 50 reported over the past 18 months. Since China has not reported a concurrent jump in H5N6 outbreaks in poultry, there are reasons to believe the virus may be spreading stealthily in vaccinated birds, from which it occasionally jumps to humans.
The notification, published by Hong Kong's CHP follows:
Given China's growing COVID problem, it is far from clear how much of China's avian flu problem is being reported.