he Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) is today (March 22) closely monitoring a human case of avian influenza A(H5N6) in Guangxi, and again urged the public to maintain strict personal, food and environmental hygiene both locally and during travel.

The case involved a 50-year-old man living in Hechi in Guangxi. He developed symptoms on February 16, and was admitted for treatment on February 17 due to severe pneumonia. The patient passed away on March 2.

From 2014 to date, 30 human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6) have been reported by Mainland health authorities.