China Reports First Human Case of H3N8 Bird Flu Strain

China reported the first known human case of the H3N8 strain of the bird flu, according to reports from the country’s National Health Commission (NHC).

Chinese health officials said that a four-year-old boy tested positive for the strain after being hospitalized on April 5 with a fever and other symptoms.

The boy had been in contact with chickens and ducks in and around his home in the central province of Henan, according to NHC.

NHC said that the strain was not found to have “the ability to effectively infect humans.”

The tests of the boy’s close human contacts found “no abnormalities,” NHC added.

NHC also said that the risk of widespread transmission is low and called the boy’s case a “one-off cross-species transmission.”

The H3N8 strain first emerged in North American waterfowl in 2002 and has since infected horses, dogs, and seals.

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