Bird flu infected dies in China

Bird flu infected dies in China
Bird flu infected dies in China

In the Chinese province of Sichuan, a 51-year-old woman has died. Previously, she was diagnosed with the H5N6 avian influenza virus. The woman developed symptoms on 25 June, was hospitalized on 3 July, and died on 4 July.

Another sick man, a 57-year-old man, also had contact with poultry. He developed symptoms on 22 June and was hospitalized on 5 July. He is now in critical condition.

The third case is a 66-year-old man. He developed symptoms on 23 June, was hospitalized on 4 June, and is now also in critical condition. The man has also had contact with live poultry.

These are not the first human cases of H5N6 avian influenza in Sichuan. In mid-July, another illness was reported. Then the experts said that the person received the virus from a bird and there were no reports of transmission of H5N6 from person to person. Epidemiologists called the risk of spreading the infection extremely low.

Rinat Maksyutov, Director General of the Vector Research Center, announced the creation of a vaccine strain against H5N8 avian influenza. A new strain of avian influenza A (H5N8) virus was found in several Russians in February. Anna Popova said that with a high degree of probability the virus mutates and can be transmitted from person to person.

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