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After reporting a record 31 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) in 2021, Chinese health officials are reporting the first case of 2022 in Guangdong Province.

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According to the Guangdong Provincial Health and Health Commission, the patient is a 43-year-old female from Zhongkai District, Huizhou City.  The patient is currently in critical condition and is being admitted to a designated hospital in Huizhou. Health authorities were notified of the case on January 7.

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Experts believe that the cases that appear this time are sporadic cases, and the risk of transmission of the virus is low at this stage. Experts remind: the public should continue to remain vigilant and take the following measures to prevent H5N6 and other bird flu.

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  • Wash hands frequently: wash hands after touching birds, before meals and after toileting.
  • To be cooked: Poultry and eggs should be cooked before eating.
  • Seek medical treatment early: If you have respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, general malaise, etc., seek medical treatment at the nearest medical and health institution as soon as possible. If you have been in contact with birds before, you should take the initiative to tell your doctor.
  • Do not eat dead poultry.
  • Do not buy poultry products from unknown sources.
  • Avoid going to live poultry markets as much as possible.

This is the 58th human H5N6 avian influenza case reported in China since 2014.

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