A woman in the Chinese province of Sichuan died from the H5N6 strain of the avian flu last month, a regional health office said this week, in the latest human death from the deadly disease.
The 54-year-old woman from Zigong City developed symptoms on November 17 and was admitted to the hospital on November 21. He died November 23, according to a statement Wednesday on the website of the health office of the autonomous region of Macao.
She had been exposed to poultry dead before the onset of the disease, he added. The number of people in China infected with the H5N6 bird flu this year has risen, raising concern among experts, who say a previously circulating strain appears to have changed and may be more infectious to people.
Of the 26 reported infections By various government departments this year, most have occurred in Sichuan province, although cases have also been reported in neighboring Chongqing and Guangxi, as well as Guangdong, Anhui and Hunan provinces.