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The world's first case of human death from the virus H5N6 recorded in China
The world's first case of human death from the new influenza virus H5N6, previously observed only in birds, was recorded in China, the Sichuan Provincial Committee on Health Affairs reports. According to experts, this is the only case of transmission of this virus to humans.
According to the World Health Organization, avian influenza is an infectious viral disease of birds, often occurring without obvious symptoms. In some cases, the virus can overcome the species barrier and cause disease or asymptomatic infections in humans and animals.
There are different strains of avian flu virus. In particular, from January to March of this year, 250 cases of human infection with the H7N9 virus were recorded in China, of which 96 ended in a lethal outcome.