A man in China has been hospitalized after contracting a strain of avian flu, a state broadcaster reported Thursday.
The 55-year-old man tested positive for #H5N6, or avian influenza A, in Bazhong City, in China's southwestern Sichuan Province, the broadcaster said. The man began showing symptoms of a fever on June 30 and tested positive for the bird flu on July 6.
Local authorities have activated an emergency response and have sterilized the area. The broadcaster reported that unidentified experts believe the risk of a large-scale spread of the virus is very low.
The report did not reveal any details about how the man first contracted the bird flu.
The World Health Organization reports a total of 32 confirmed cases of H5N6 and 19 deaths in Asia since 2014, with the most recent reported also in China with an onset date of May 13.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is rare that people become infected with avian influenza A viruses. However, it can happen when people come into contact with the saliva, mucous or feces of infected birds.
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