H5N6 sickens one more person in China

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China reported another human H5N6 avian influenza infection, marking its 28th case of the year, according to a statement from Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection.

The patient is a 68-year-old man from the city of Huizhou in Guangdong province in southern China. He kept poultry at his home. His symptoms began on December 3, and he was admitted to the hospital on December 7, where he is in critical condition.

Since 2014, China has reported 53 human H5N6 cases, which includes 10 deaths. Though H5N6 cases are rare, the country has reported an uptick this year. The virus has been detected in birds in four Asian countries, though China and Laos are the only nations that have reported human infections.

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