By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Two additional human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported in the China mainland, according to officials with the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP).


The first case involves a 55-year-old man living in Guilin in Guangxi, who had prior exposure to a live poultry market before the onset of symptoms. He developed symptoms on August 23, and was admitted for treatment on August 30. The patient is in serious condition.

The second case involves a 72-year-old man living in Chongqing Municipality, Sichuan Province, who had contact with sick poultry before onset. He developed symptoms on September 16, and was admitted for treatment on September 19. The patient has passed away.

This brings the total number of cases reported in China since 2014 to 47, with approximately half recorded in the past year.

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