A man in China was hospitalized with the H5N6 strain of the avian flu , one of several potentially fatal viruses that have been discovered in poultry flocks over the years, according to reports Thursday.
The 55-year-old man tested positive for the virus on July 6 after having a fever and was hospitalized in Sichuan, located in the southern part. west of the country, The New York Times reported, citing the state-run China Global Television Network.
The case is one of 33 cases seen in the Western Pacific Region since 2014, data from the World Health Organization shows thatState media, citing anonymous experts, said the latest infection poses no risk of large-scale transmission among humans, the outlet reported.
In this archive photo from 21 October 2015, cage-free chickens stand in a fenced pasture of the organic farmas Francis Blake near Waukon, Iowa. (AP)
During a brief report in English, the broadcaster said local authorities "activated an emergency response and sterilized the area " after They became aware of the infection.
The show did not explain how the man came into contact with the virus, whether he was working with poultry, or whether family members or close contacts had been quarantined or infected.
The first human infection of the H5N6 strain was initially detected in Laos in 2014 and around 60% of so far cases have resulted in death, according to the WHO.
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The last case was reported in China in May.
"EachOnce avian influenza 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 human cases are not unexpected ", explained the WHO in its last weekly update on avian influenza of July 9.
" Continued the incidence of avian influenza due to existing and new influenza A (H5) viruses in poultry, there is a need to remain vigilant in the animal and public health sectors. Community awareness of potential dangers to human health is required. essential for preventing infection in humans. Surveillance should be continued to detect human cases and early changes in the transmissibility and infectivity of viruses. "
This story first appeared in the New York Post