Chinese health officials reported a confirmed human H9N2 avian influenza case in a 32-year-old woman from the city of Shenzhen, Guangdong province, according to a Macao Health Bureau notice (computer translated).

Image/Robert Herriman
Image/Robert Herriman

This is the sixth such cases reported in China in 2018.

According to the notice, the woman developed symptoms on December 19, 2018, and was admitted to hospital on December 25, and her condition is mild.

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.

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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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