World’s first H5N6 bird flu death reported

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CHINA – A 49-year-old man from China is believed to be the world’s first human infected with the H5N6 avian flu strain.

The man, who was from Nanbu county in Sichuan province, died Tuesday in a hospital after receiving treatment, according to the Sichuan Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission.

He suffered a severe case of pneumonia and was detected to have the H5N6 strain after a throat swab, according to the agency.

The man had been exposed to dead poultry.

Medical experts say this an isolated case and that the risk of human-to-human transmission remains low.

People who had close contact with the patient did not show any symptoms after medical observation, according to the commission.