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WHO reports one case of H9N2 avian influenza and one case of H5N6 avian influenza in China.

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In the first week of 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported one case of H9N2 avian influenza in Guangdong Province, China. The new case was a 1 year and 4 month old male child from Yunfu, Guangdong Province. The child was exposed to domestic poultry before presenting with the illness. The child developed symptoms on December 28, 2020 and had to be admitted to the hospital on December 29th. it is believed that there is no family cluster. Back in December 9, 2020, six cases of H9N2 influenza were reported, five of which were exposed to poultry. In 2020, there were a total of 14 cases of H9N2 influenza in China.

Also, in the first week of 2021, there was one case of H5N6 avian influenza in Chongqing, China. The case was a 51-year old male farmer from Yongchuan, Chongqing, China. The farmer was also believed to have been exposed to poultry before onset of his symptoms. His first symptoms presented on December 18th, and was admitted to the hospital on December 28th. The patient is suffering from a severe pneumonia and was in critical condition. Back in 2020, there were only two cases of the H5N6 avian influenza in China.

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