By News Desk  @bactiman63

One new case of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus was reported in China during the first week of the 2021.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the case was a 51-year-old male farmer from Yongchuan, Chongqing, China who had exposure to domestic poultry prior to the onset of illness. He developed symptoms on 18 December 2020, was admitted to hospital on 28 December for severe pneumonia and was reportedly in critical condition at time of report.

In 2020 there were two cases reported from China , one in Jiangsu Province and one in Hunan province, and this case is the first case reported from China in 2021.

To date, a total of 27 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with influenza A(H5N6) virus have been reported to WHO from China since 2014.

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