China Reports First Human Case Of H10N3 Bird Flu

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A 41-year-old Chinese man has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with a rare bird flu strain – H10N3.

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

He was diagnosed with a rare infection last week and had symptoms including fever. The man has now recovered and is ready to be discharged.

Genetic analysis confirmed the virus strain, and the contact tracing did not find any other cases of the virus. There are many bird flu strains and it is not unheard of that person working with poultry occasionally get infected.

“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 Global Times.

Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that “at this time, there is no indication of human-to-human transmission,” Reuters reported.

“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 global health body explained.

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