China confirms first human infection of the “bird flu strain”

The NHC statement further said that the patient is in stable condition and will soon be discharged from the hospital.

According to reports, China has witnessed the world’s first human infection of the “H10N3” bird flu strain. The  Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) issued a statement about the infection which read:

A 41-year old male resident of the eastern city of Zhenjiang was admitted to the hospital with the symptoms of fever on the 28th of April. A month later, the patient was diagnosed with H10N3.

The NHC statement further said that the patient is in stable condition and will soon be discharged from the hospital.

Reports detail that all close contacts of the bird flu patient, including family and friends, have been kept under close observation by the healthcare authorities. The group of people has not developed any symptoms of the infection; however, health officials still have the group of people under observation.

What is the H10N3 Bird Flu Strain?

According to NHC, the H10N3 strain is a low pathogenic in poultry. Talking about the human infection of the bird flu strain, NHC official said:

The incident is a sporadic case of virus transmission from poultry to humans. The risk of the bird flu strain causing a pandemic is extremely low.

Filip Claes, regional laboratory coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases, also commented on the development and said:

The H10N3 bird flu strain is not a very common virus and no other cases of human infection with H10N3 have previously been reported globally. Many strains of bird flu are present in China but only some occasionally infect people working at poultry farms.

It should be noted that the last human epidemic of bird flu in China occurred between 2016 and 2017. During this epidemic, the “H7N9” bird flu strain was recorded which took the lives of approximately 300 people.

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