China reports first human infection of H10N3 bird flu

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China has reported the first ever human infection of H10N3 bird flu

China | Health and Wellbeing | Medicine | Public Health 

The H7N9 strain of bird flu killed around 300 people during 2016-2017 outbreak.

In the city of Zhenjiang, in China’s eastern Jiangsu province, a 41 year old male became the world’s first human to ever be infected with the H10N3 strain of bird flu. China’s National Health Commission (NHC) confirmed this morning.

The patient was hospitalised on 28 April 2021 after developing a fever and other symptoms, the NHC said in their statement. He was diagnosed as having the H10N3 avian influenza virus on 28 May 2021, and the diagnosis made public on 1 June 2021, it said, but did not give details on how the man may have become infected with the virus.

The statement continued, that the patient is now stable and ready to be discharged from hospital.

Medical observation of his close contacts had not found any other human cases.

H10N3 is a low pathogenic (relatively less severe) strain of the bird flu virus in poultry and the risk of it spreading on a large scale is very low, the NHC added.

H10N3 is a particularly rare form of bird flu, around 160 isolates of the virus were reported in the 40 years to 2018, mostly in wild birds or waterfowl in Asia and some limited parts of North America, and none had been detected in chicken so far.

Analysing the genetic data of the virus will be necessary to determine whether it resembles older viruses or if it is a novel (new) mutation, a mixture of different virus variants.

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Journalist Since: September 2010 Profession: Investigative Journalist Graduated in: 2008 Based in: London, UK Previous professional experience: New York, Moscow, Dubai, Beirut Languages: English, Arabic, Russian, French