H5N6 Virus Kills Woman in China


The China News Service said on Wednesday that a 26 year-old woman in this country has just died from an infection with H5N6 – a bird flu virus.


Also, another woman who is at the age of 40 is suffering from H5N6 and is in critical condition. This type of flu virus barely infects humans, but when it does, almost all of them died. These cases are the 5th and 6th cases of the deadly virus. Both of them cases occurred in a southern province of China – GuangDong. The authority indicated that the two cases were far from each other and there was no evidence showing that it was human to human infection.

The H5N6 is one of plenty of avian influenza viruses in poultry bodies in China and many other areas, which sometimes infect humans. Within 3 weeks from December 2015 to January 2016, the China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) announced 2 supplemental cases of human infection with this virus.

The number of avian influenza virus infected cases has increased day by day. According to statistics from the World Health Organisation (WHO), there have been 683 laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 bird flu cases all over the world, which has killed 275 people. In terms of H5N1 influenza A virus, since 2003, 844 people have been infected and 449 of them died.

What’s more, there is another virus which can infect human called H9N2. Over the years there have been 4 patients being infected with this influenza virus.  According to WHO, it is not that easy for this type of virus to transmit among humans. Hence, there is little likelihood of sweeping among communities and the health effects of H9N2 is considered to be low.

The authorities, doctors and scientists are working together in order to prevent this dangerous bird flu virus from becoming widespread among people. If it happens, there might occur a new epidemic of influenza, provoking bad effects on people’s health.

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health (DH) are co-operating with WHO and relevant health authorities with an aim to control the current situations. Some measures have been imposed such as strengthening influenza surveillance, placing body temperature checks on inbound travellers, displaying broadcast and posters of health messages, etc. Also, the citizens are given detailed and practical advice on how to protect against infection.



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