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First human case of H10N3 strain of bird flu reported in China

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China’s National Health Commission on Tuesday revealed the first confirmed case of a human infected with the H10N3 strain of bird flu, raising eyebrows across the world. A 41-year old man in Jiangsu province of China tested positive for the viral strain.

Notably, the man was hospitalised on April 28 after he exhibited symptoms which include fever. A month later on May 28, he was tested positive for H10N3 avian influenza virus.

The National Health Commission said that the strain of the avian influenza virus is relatively less severe and found in poultry. The commission also said that the chance of it spreading on a large scale was very low. However, the commission has not provided any details on how the man, a resident of the city of Zhenjiang, got infected with the virus.

Patient stable

The condition of the patient is stable and ready to be discharged from hospital, the Chinese authorities said, adding that his close contacts were not infected with the viral strain. No other case of a human infected with H10N3 strain of the virus has been reported elsewhere across the globe.

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).

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While H5N8 only presents a low risk to humans, it is highly lethal to wild birds and poultry. In April, a highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu was found in wild birds in northeast China’s Shenyang city.

China blamed for COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic that wreaked havoc across the globe resulting in millions of deaths and bringing the world to a grinding halt first emerged in Wuhan province of China. Several countries including the US have repeatedly blamed China for the pandemic.

China, however, has countered the US claims saying that it alerted the world about COVID-19 on time and that it is a victim of the pandemic.

 

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