China reports human case of H10N3 bird flu

The case, detected in a male aged 41 living in Zhenjiang, a city in the eastern province, was transmitted from poultry,

Updated - June 01, 2021 02:15 pm IST

Published - June 01, 2021 09:26 am IST - BEIJING

A health worker sprays disinfectant at a poultry farm in Dayang Township of Bozhou City, east China's Anhui Province. File photo used for representational purpose only .

A health worker sprays disinfectant at a poultry farm in Dayang Township of Bozhou City, east China's Anhui Province. File photo used for representational purpose only .

China's National Health Commission said on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, that it had confirmed one case of human infection with the H10N3 strain of bird flu in Jiangsu province.

The case, detected in a male aged 41 living in Zhenjiang, a city in the eastern province, was transmitted from poultry, and the risk of spreading on a large scale was very low, according to a statement on the website of the commission.

There has not been any case of human infection of H10N3reported in the world before, NHC said.

"H10N3 is a low pathogenic, or relatively less severe, strain of the virus in poultry and the risk of it spreading on a large scale was very low", the NHC added.

The man was stable and ready to be discharged from hospital. Medical observation of his close contacts had not found any other cases.

Many different strains of avian influenza are present in China and some sporadically infect people, usually those working with poultry. There have been no significant numbers of human infections with bird flu since the H7N9 strain killed around 300 people during 2016-2017.

No other cases of human infection with H10N3 have previously been reported globally, the NHC said.

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