TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

Two human cases of avian influenza reported in China

Officials from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) in China recently informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that there have been two human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6).

The first patient is a 26-year-old female who lives in the Baoan District in Shenzhen City. Her symptoms began on Dec. 24, she was hospitalized Dec. 27 and she is in critical condition.

The second patient is a 40-year-old female who lives in the Duanzhou District based in Zhaoqing City. Her symptoms began to be felt on Dec. 22. She was hospitalized Dec. 28 and her condition remains critical.

In light of these cases, the Chinese government has made several proactive measures to better control and survey the situation. Health care workers are gathering and testing samples to determine viral isolation and genome sequencing. Scientists are running epidemiological investigations to track, observe and manage the close contacts of the two patients.

Local and national leaders are working to improve the routine sentinel surveillance of avian influenza and also have better surveillance of unexplained pneumonia cases. There also needs to be better etiological surveillance to maintain control of the virus.

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