China Reports First Possible Human Transmission of H10N3 Bird Flu

China reported the world’s first human infection of the H10N3 bird flu strain in the eastern city of Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province.

According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), the patient, is a 41-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital with fever symptoms last April 28 and was diagnosed with H10N3 in May.

The NHC claimed that H10N3 in humans has not been reported elsewhere in China and reassured that it would not lead to another epidemic.

“This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission. The risk of large-scale transmission is low,” said the NHC.

Yang Zhanqiu, a deputy director of the Pathogen Biology Department at Wuhan University explained that H10N3 is deadly to wild birds and poultry, as it can spread through respiratory droplets.

Yang believed that the patient might have been infected through the said droplets or other forms of contact. 

China has already suffered from a bird flu strain epidemic in 2016, the H7N9 virus which infected 1,668 people. 

The NHC has instructed Jiangsu provincial authorities to contain the infection and to monitor for other cases. 

The patient was said to be stable but is still being observed along with people who have been in contact with him.  

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