For the first time in a year and a half, a confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) has been reported.
The case involves a one-year-old girl from Salavan, aka Saravane province, in the south of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos). She became sick on Oct. 13 and has since recovered and been discharged.
She had a history of poultry exposure or live poultry near her home before the onset of disease.
The last human H5N1 avian flu case was reported in Nepal in May 2019.
A total of 862 cases of H5N1 influenza have been notified in 17 countries worldwide since 2003. Egypt, Indonesia, and Vietnam have been notified as the most countries. So far, a total of 455 cases have died, with a fatality rate of 52.8%.