Avian influenza H5N6 charges first human victim in China

China confirms first human case of avian influenza H5N6. (Photo: Archive).

The avian influenza virus H5N6 claimed the first human life in Sichuan province (southwest China). The disease initially affected only birds panic lights in that Asian country.
The information was confirmed by the health authorities of that country, which stated that the victim was a 49-year-old who was killed after exposure to dead poultry.
Meanwhile, the Committee on Health and Family Planning of Sichuan Province ruled by a statement confirming that “the analysis indicate that the man was infected with the H5N6 virus by direct contact with a dead bird.”
According to experts quoted by that institution, is the only confirmed case of the virus in humans. “The risk of infection is low, because those who had contact with the victim have not yet shown symptoms of the disease,” says the text.
Avian influenza H5N6 is a viral infectious disease that affects birds and often has no symptoms. Therefore, it can infect mammals and has now been demonstrated that humans too.