The World Health Organization (WHO) in the Western Pacific Region were notified of an additional human infection with avian influenza A(H9N2) from China.
The case is a 7-year-old male from Heyuan City, Guangdong Province with onset of illness on 28 November 2021. The case was in a mild condition and was not hospitalized. Prior to onset of illness, the case had exposure to a live poultry market and no further cases were suspected among family members at the time of reporting.
To date, 19 cases of avian influenza A(H9N2) have been reported to WHO from China in 2021.
As of 20 December 2021 and since 1998 a total of 95 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H9N2) viruses have been reported, from China (83), Egypt (4), Bangladesh (3), Cambodia (1), Oman (1), Pakistan (1), India (1), and Senegal (1). Most of the cases were children with mild disease.