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.