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China has now confirmed 38 cases this season, compared with 10 at this point last season.
The 128 cases in China and Hong Kong this season top last season's total of 118 infections.
The fast pace of newly reported illnesses during China's 5th wave of illness has already topped last season's total.
In some hard-hit areas, sampling of poultry environments in December showed increased virus levels compared with that time in past waves.
The 111 cases reported in the first half of January have already topped December's total.
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