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Avian Influenza Archive from May 27, 2016

News Update 160526 (5/26/2016)

Avian Influenza in Animals

Avian Influenza in Poultry

Cameroon (HPAI H5N1)
The Minister of Public Health, Minister of Livestock, Fisheries, and Animal Industries, and Minister of Communication reported a case of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus at a government-run poultry complex in Mvog Beti, Yaounde.  As many as 15,000 birds have died beginning on 5/22 and the remaining birds were slaughtered and disposed of this week.  Surveillance measures have been implemented in order to prevent the virus from spreading.  The source of this outbreak was not reported.  Cameroon last reported H5N1 in 3/12/2006, but adjacent Nigeria has had multiple H5N1 outbreaks in 2016.

Avian Influenza in Humans
China (H7N9)
Officials have reported 2 new human cases of H7N9 avian influenza virus in China.  There has been no further information released about the first patient, a 63-year-old male from Meizhou City in Guangdong.  The second patient, a 57-year-old male from Xinji City in Hebei province, began exhibiting symptoms of headache and fever on May 10, and on May 16 was admitted to Hengshui City hospital.  This patient continues to undergo treatment, and remains in serious condition.  It is unknown how either of these men contracted the disease.


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