Hong Kong health officials reported today on a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland.
The case involves a 53-year-old female living in Zhenjiang City in Jiangsu Province, who had visited a live poultry market before onset. She developed symptoms on March 24 and was admitted for treatment on March 26. She is in critical condition.
This is the 12th case reported in China this year and 76th case reported since 2014.
Avian influenza is caused by those influenza viruses that mainly affect birds and poultry, such as chickens or ducks. Clinical presentation of avian influenza in humans may range from flu-like symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches) to severe respiratory illness (e.g. chest infection). Eye infection (conjunctivitis) and gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g. nausea, vomiting and diarrhea) have also been reported. The incubation period ranges from 7 to 10 days. The more virulent forms can result in respiratory failure, multi-organ failure and even death.
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