Another 4 H9N2 human infections in China

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China recently reported four more human H9N2 avian influenza infections, all involving children and all with November and December illness onsets, Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP) said in its statement.

Two of the patients, a 3-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, are from Hubei province. The others include a 7-year-old girl from Jiangsu province and a 14-year-old girl from Guangxi province. The report did not include any details about their exposure to the virus.

In last November, China reported a fatal case in an adult – a 39-year-old man from Guizhou province.

H9N2 is common in Asian poultry, and sporadic infections are known to occur in people who have contacts with poultry and poultry environments. Infections are mild and are typically reported in children.

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Managing Editor and Editor of Asian Poultry Magazine, Jakarta, Indonesia. Arief juggles team directorial management regionally while monitoring avian disease with articles such as, ‘Bacterial enteritis could become a bigger problem by 2025’.