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China - Human Case of Avian Influenza A(H5N6) in Yunnan

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  • sharon sanders
    This case is listed as the "bird flu" entry on the China monthly notifiable diseases report for July 2015:

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  • Shiloh

    Human infection with avian influenza A(H5N6) virus China Disease outbreak news
    14 July 2015

    On 11 July 2015, the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) of China notified WHO of 1 laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with an avian influenza A(H5N6) virus.
    Details of the case

    A 37-year-old female from Shangri-La City, Yunnan Province developed symptoms on 6 July. She was admitted to hospital on 9 July and, despite medical treatment, died on 10 July. On 11 July, a specimen from the patient was tested by Yunnan Provincial CDC and the result was positive for avian influenza A(H5N6).
    Public health response

    The Chinese Government has taken the following surveillance and control measures:
    • Collecting and testing the specimens of the patient, and carrying out viral isolation;
    • Conducting epidemiological investigation; tracing, managing and observing the close contacts of the patient;
    • Strengthening surveillance of unexplained pneumonia and routine sentinel surveillance of influenza; strengthening the etiological surveillance of influenza/avian influenza virus.

    WHO continues to closely monitor the influenza A(H5N6) situation and conduct risk assessments. So far, the overall risk associated with avian influenza A(H5N6) viruses has not changed.
    WHO advice

    WHO advises that travellers to countries with known outbreaks of avian influenza should avoid poultry farms, or contact with animals in live bird markets, or entering areas where poultry may be slaughtered, or contact with any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with faeces from poultry or other animals. Travellers should also wash their hands often with soap and water. Travellers should follow good food safety and good food hygiene practices.
    WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regard to this event, nor does it currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions. As always, a diagnosis of infection with an avian influenza virus should be considered in individuals who develop severe acute respiratory symptoms while travelling or soon after returning from an area where avian influenza is a concern.
    WHO encourages countries to continue strengthening influenza surveillance, including surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and to carefully review any unusual patterns, in order to ensure reporting of human infections under the IHR (2005), and continue national health preparedness actions.

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  • sharon sanders
    This is the 4th known case:

    1) Male, 49, in hospital April 23 with severe pnuemonia, diagnosed May 3, died May 6, Nanchong City, Nanbu County, Sichuan province Death

    2) Male, 58, onset December 4, hospitalized December 9 in critical condition, Guangzhou city, Guangdong province Recovered note

    3) Male, 44, onset and hospitalization on January 27, died February 6, Yunnan province Death

    4) Female, 37, onset July 6, hospitalized July 9, died July 10, Yunnan province Death

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  • sharon sanders
    Yunnan Government report:

    Yunnan Province confirmed case of human infection of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian influenza

    Index: 01510047-20150711-5613]
    Yunnan Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission on July 11 briefing, Yunnan Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission after entering the spring and summer of influenza and other respiratory diseases in the high season, stepped up surveillance of influenza, pneumonia of unknown causes. In monitoring, from one case of severe pneumonia cases detected H5N6 avian influenza virus nucleic acid positive. July 11, the experts for consultation and judged cases of clinical manifestations, laboratory tests and epidemiological history, the diagnosis of H5N6 bird flu human cases of infection. Experts judged believe that case, the appearance of sporadic cases. All close contacts of cases no abnormality, human to human transmission does not occur.
    The patients were female, 37 years old, live Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of La City, July 6 onset, July 9 to Diqing a hospital, and hospital treatment of income; July 10, the patient died after active .

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  • China - Human Case of Avian Influenza A(H5N6) in Yunnan

    july 11, 2015

    Notification of confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Yunnan

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    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) has been notified by the National Health and Family Planning Commission of a confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) today (July 11) affecting a 37-year-old woman in Yunnan province.

    The patient, presented with fever and cough with sputum since July 6, was admitted to a local hospital on July 9 and died on July 10.

    "All novel influenza A infections (including H5N6) are notifiable diseases in Hong Kong," a spokesman for the DH said.

    "Locally, we will remain vigilant and work closely with the World Health Organization and relevant health authorities to monitor the latest developments," the spokesman said.

    "In view of cases confirmed on the Mainland, members of the public should maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene at all times during travel," the spokesman urged.