A man in China has been hospitalized with the H5N6 strain of the bird flu, one of several potentially deadly viruses that have been discovered in poultry flocks over the years, reports said Thursday.
The 55-year-old tested positive for the bug on July 6 after he came down with a fever and was hospitalized in Sichuan, located in the southwestern section of the country, the New York Times reported, citing the state-run China Global Television Network.
The case is one of 33 seen in the Western Pacific Region since 2014, data from the World Health Organization show, and state-run media, citing unnamed experts, said the latest infection does not pose a risk for large-scale transmission among humans, the outlet reported.
During a brief report in English, the broadcaster said local officials “activated an emergency response and sterilized the area” once they became aware of the infection.
The broadcast didn’t explain how the man came into contact with the virus,