Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Home About us Ahead Of Print Instructions Submission Subscribe Advertise Contact e-Alerts Editorial Board Login 
Users Online:1096
  Print this page  Email this page Small font sizeDefault font sizeIncrease font size

Table of Contents   
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

Click here for correspondence address and email

Date of Web Publication21-Sep-2015

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

How to cite this URL:
Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. H5N6 influenza virus in China: Trend for epidemic or not?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 May 26];8:220-2. Available from:
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.

   References Top

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
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

Correspondence Address:
Somsri Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok - 10160
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.159832

Rights and Permissions


    Similar in PUBMED
   Search Pubmed for
   Search in Google Scholar for
    Email Alert *
    Add to My List *


 Article Access Statistics
    PDF Downloaded17    
    Comments [Add]    

Recommend this journal