Hong Kong health officials report monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in the Mainland today.
The case involves a 58-year-old male living in Ganzhou, Jiangxi, who had exposure to poultry from the market. He developed symptoms on June 2 and was admitted for treatment on June 5. He is in critical condition.
From 2014 to date, 79 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported by Mainland health authorities.
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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