By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Chinese officials report a human H9N2 avian influenza case in a 4-year-old girl from Guangdong province.

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The child was hospitalized in August with mild symptoms and has fully recovered.

The investigation into the case shows the girl had contact with domestic poultry. No further cases
were confirmed among the contacts of this case.

The last case of H9N2 avian influenza was reported in May. In 2020, six cases have been reported, all from China.

Since 1998, 67 total cases have been reported from seven countries.

In most human cases of H9N2 avian flu, the associated disease symptoms have been mild and there has been no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Influenza A(H9N2) viruses are enzootic in poultry populations in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Most human cases are exposed to the A(H9N2) virus through contact with infected poultry or contaminated environments. Human infection tends to result in mild clinical illness. Since the virus continues to be detected in poultry populations, further human cases can be expected.

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