China Reports First Human Case Of H10N3 Bird Flu

WORLD Team Latestly|

China has reported the first-known human case of H10N3, an uncommon strain of avian flu that is typically only found in wild birds & waterfowl in Asia. The infection was detected in a 41-year-old man on May 28, one month after he was admitted to hospital for fever & other symptoms in Zhenjiang, in the eastern province of Jiangsu. The patient was stable & ready to be discharged from hospital this week, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said. “The risk of large-scale spread is extremely low,” it said. NHC did not provide details about how the man might have become infected by the influenza strain. No additional infections were found among his close contacts. H10N3 is a relatively less severe strain of the influenza virus, the NHC added. Several avian flu strains are present in China. A few of them have jumped to humans in recent decades, often in places where people work closely with poultry. The most problematic strain in recent years was H7N9, which has killed 616 people to date, according to the World Health Organization. The virus was first detected in 2013 & became a problem in China from 2016-2017. No new cases have been detected in humans since March 2019. No other human cases of H10N3 have been reported globally, according to the NHC.

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