Chinese Authorities Alarmed Over China H5N6 Human Deaths

Chinese authorities have called for vigilance after an H5N6 bird flu outbreak killed two people and hospitalized three in China.

All five of the H5N6 patients got sick and were hospitalized last month in December but came from different regions. 

The first death was a 75-year-old man from Luzhou, Sichuan who died December 4, 2021, while the second was a 54-year old from Leshuan who died December 24. 

Of the five infected people, only four were exposed to live domestic poultry while the fifth one was a mystery. 

There has been no data yet of human-to-human transmission while a WHO spokesperson said last October that the risk of human-to-human transmission is unlikely because H5N6 has not acquired the ability for sustained transmission between humans

“While local surveillance, prevention, and control measures are in place, the CHP will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments,” said the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Hong Kong Department of Health.

The CHP has urged citizens to be more careful when handling poultry and poultry products because H5N6 is spread by close contact with an infected bird or the body of one. 

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