Macau | Health authority warns residents after bird flu death in nearby Chinese region

Macau (MNA) – The Macau Health Bureau (SS) was warned Chinese health authorities that a fatal bird flu human infection case had been registered in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, bordering with Guangdong Province.

A 44-year-old Chinese driver from Hechi in Guangxi Zhuang was said to have contracted the Influenza A virus H5N6 subtype, having shown symptoms on October 18 and sent for medical treatment on October 21.

Separate news reports have indicated that the man has died on October 27 from severe respiratory illness.

According to the SS, since 2014 bird flu cases have been registered in the Chinese provinces of Sichun, Guangdong, Yunnan, Hubei, Hunan, Anhui and in Guangxi Zhuang, with Macau health authorities having maintained close communication with health entities in China and neighboring regions, and with the World Health Organization (WHO).

Human contraction with the influenza A virus H5N6 subtype has first been reported in China in early May 2014, with all known cases having happened in this country.

This avian influenza virus originated from influenza viruses that mainly affect birds and poultry, such as chickens or ducks. It is considered a low virulent strain for avian populations, but with the clinical manifestation in humans considered severe, with acute respiratory illness and pneumonia able to occur.

The SS warned residents to avoid contact with birds and in case of contact to wash hands immediately, while avoiding to buy or transport unverified birds.

Residents were also advised to avoid consuming meat, offal, blood products and eggs from poorly cooked poultry, pay attention to personal hygiene and wash your hands frequently.

‘If you have symptoms of fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, among others, you should wear a mask and go to the doctor as soon as possible and should tell you in detail the history of travel and contact with animals,’ the SS informed.