Bird flu: China sees first human case of rare H10N3 strain

Bird flu is in action; China and the European countries

A 41-year-old Chinese man has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with a rare bird flu strain.

Officials did not give details on how the man got infected but the H10N3 strain is thought to not easily spread from humans to humans.

The Jiangsu province resident, who was diagnosed last week, has now recovered and is ready to be discharged.

There are many bird flu strains and it is not unheard of that person working with poultry occasionally get infected.

Contact tracing did not find any other cases of the virus.

Beijing's National Health Commission (NHC) said on Tuesday the resident of the city of Zhenjiang was hospitalized on 28 April and diagnosed with H10N3 one month later.

"No human cases of H10N3 have been reported in the world. This case is an occasional poultry-to-human cross-species transmission, and the risk of a large-scale spread is extremely low," the NHC said, according to a Global Times report.

"As long as avian influenza viruses circulate in poultry sporadic infection of avian influenza in humans is not surprising, which is a vivid reminder that the threat of an influenza pandemic is persistent," the WHO explained.

There is currently an outbreak among birds of the H5N8 variant which has led to hundreds of thousands of poultry culled in various European countries.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-57326075

Tags : #BirdFlu #H10N3 #H5N8 #Zhenjiang #NHC #GlobalTimes

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