China reports first human case of H10N3 Bird Flu
First human case infected with H10N3 Bird Flu has been identified in China.
The announcement was made by China’s National Health Commission on Tuesday.
According to China’s NHC, a 41 year old man has been was diagnosed with H10N3 bird flu after he was hospitalised for fever and other symptoms that persisted for over a month.
The man belongs to the city of Zhenjiang.
No other cases of human infection with H10N3 have previously been reported globally.
H10N3 is a low pathogenic or relatively less severe strain of the virus in poultry and the risk of it spreading on a large scale is very low.
There are many different strains of avian influenza in China and some sporadically infect people, generally those working with poultry.
H5N8 is a subtype of the Influenza A virus (also known as the bird flu virus). While, H5N8 only presents a low risk to humans, it is highly lethal to wild birds and poultry.