First Human Case of H10N3 Birld Flu Detected in China

Story Highlights
  • The National Health Commission of China reported the first human infection by H10N3 Avian Influenza Virus
  • the 41-year-old reported to the hospital with fever on 28 May
  • H5N1 strain caused the world's first human bird flu in Hong Kong in 1997

World: China has confirmed the world’s first human case of a new strain of bird flu after a 41-year-old man was hospitalized with fever. 

The National Health Commission of China reported that it detected the world’s first-ever human case of H10N3 strain of bird flu in Jiangsu province. 

The 41-year-old resident of  Zhenjiang city is stable and meets the discharge standards stated by the local news agency. The patient was diagnosed as having the H10N3 avian influenza virus on May 28, National Health Commission said in a statement without elaborating on how the man had got infected with the virus. 

To date, there is no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the avian influenza virus. 

In April, a highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu was found in wild birds in northeast China’s Shenyang city.  

 The world’s first human cases of bird flu were reported in Hong Kong in 1997 when six people died from the H5N1 strain of the virus. 

Earlier in February this year, Russia detected its first case of H5N8 avian influenza in humans. There, however, have been no reports of the virus spreading amongst the human race. 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. 

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