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LETTER TO THE EDITOR  
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 220-222
H5N6 influenza virus in China: Trend for epidemic or not?


1 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. H5N6 influenza virus in China: Trend for epidemic or not?. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:220-2

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. H5N6 influenza virus in China: Trend for epidemic or not?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Apr 23];8:220-2. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2015/8/5/220/159832
Dear Sir,

The emerging influenza virus infection is a problematic public health concern. There have been many new emerging influenza virus infections within the past decade. Of several emerging atypical influenzas, H5N6 influenza has become an interesting concern since it can cause human infection. This human infection was first reported in China and the person's death was noted. There have been two documented cases (with an age range 49-58 years) till date. The first case occurred in May 2014 and the second case in November 2014. The exposed avian, suspected to be an infected avian, is believed to be the cause of infection. However, it should be noted that the infection in the avian population has been more extensively seen. Similar to any other emerging influenza infection, the main question here is regarding the possibility of a worldwide outbreak. The trend of an epidemic has been usually mentioned. Nevertheless, the reassortment to cause mutant strain has also been widely mentioned. [1],[2] However, it is proven that there is still no human-to-human transmission, and that the affected patients usually have underlying medical conditions. Also, the disease is still confined to China.

 
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Qi X, Cui L, Yu H, Ge Y, Tang F. Whole-genome sequence of a reassortant H5N6 avian influenza virus isolated from a live poultry market in China, 2013. Genome Announc 2014;2.pii:e00706-14.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Ma C, Lam TT, Chai Y, Wang J, Fan X, Hong W, et al. Emergence and evolution of H10 subtype influenza viruses in poultry in China. J Virol 2015;89:3534-41.  Back to cited text no. 2
    

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.159832

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