On Tuesday, China announced the world’s first human infection with the H10N3 bird flu virus but claimed the likelihood of it spreading broadly was minimal.
According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), a 41-year-old male was sent to hospital with fever symptoms in the eastern city of Zhenjiang on April 28 and was diagnosed with H10N3 a month later.
“The danger of large-scale dissemination is extremely low,” the NHC stated, adding that the guy was in good health and that no “abnormalities” had been recorded by his close contacts.
H10N3 was classified as low pathogenic in birds, meaning it was less likely to cause death or serious sickness. According to the NHC, no human cases of H10N3 have previously been documented elsewhere in the globe.
In China, several forms of bird flu have been discovered in animals, but human infections are uncommon. The H7N9 virus caused the last human bird flu outbreak in China, which occurred in late 2016 and early 2017.
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the H7N9 virus has infected 1,668 individuals and killed 616 people since 2013.
Following recent avian flu outbreaks in Africa and Eurasia, China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) called for increased surveillance in chicken farms, markets, and wild birds last week.
Covid-19 was originally discovered in late 2019 in a food and livestock market in Wuhan, China’s capital metropolis.