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WHO urges China to curb ‘bird flu’ for one month, 2 dead, 3 more in critical condition

WHO urges China to curb ‘bird flu’ for one month, 2 dead, 3 more in critical condition

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WHO urges China to curb avian flu – Daily Mail reported Jan. 16 that the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged Chinese authorities to accelerate action to contain the outbreak. Avian influenza H5N6 (H5N6)

The latter found more cases in the past month and increased the risk of interpersonal contact. Even in October 2021 The World Health Organization said there have been no reports of human-to-human transmission.

The report said five people were diagnosed in December 2021, four of whom were close to poultry. And officials are investigating how the fifth person was infected.

WHO urges China to curb avian flu

Workers vaccinate chicks (file photo). China vaccinates poultry against avian influenza but the vaccine used last year may only partially protect against emerging viruses, preventing large outbreaks but allowing the virus to keep circulating. REUTERS

Two of the confirmed cases have died, the first being a 75-year-old man from Luzhou city, Sichuan province. He contracted the virus on Dec. 1, was taken to hospital on Dec. 4, and died about eight days after being treated.

The second death was a 54-year-old man from Leshan, Sichuan province, who contracted the virus on Dec 8, was hospitalized on Dec 16 and died on Dec 24. c.

The patient who is still resting is a 51-year-old woman from Hangzhou. Zhejiang Province He became ill on December 15, about three days after the family took him to the hospital and his condition was still serious. Two others from Liuzhou city in Guangxi Zhuang, 53-year-old and 28-year-old men, were admitted to hospital on Dec. 23, both in serious condition.

Since 2014, China has recorded at least 63 H5N6 cases, more than half of them in the past six months. And although the infection rate was lower than the H7N9 strain in 2017, the symptoms of H5N6 patients were more severe and more likely to die.

WHO urges China to curb avian flu

File Photo: Workers cull chickens at the Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market in Hong Kong in 2016. Some 4,500 birds were killed after the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus. AFP

WHO urges China to curb avian flu

File Photo: A shop owner weighs a live chicken for a customer in the Wanchai markets of Hong Kong in 2016. Hong Kong confirmed its second human case of bird flu this season, days after an elderly man died of the virus. AFP

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