For the first time a human has been infected with the H10N3 strain of bird flu. This first case has surfaced in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu. China’s National Health Commission gave this information.
The state-run CGNT TV reported that the 41-year-old patient from Zhenjiang city is stable and can be discharged from the hospital. Health authorities have said that this is a sporadic case of the virus spreading from poultry to humans and the risk of spreading the epidemic is very low.
The National Health Commission said in a statement that the patient was found infected with the H10N3 virus on 28 May. The commission said that before this case of H10N3 infection in humans has not been reported anywhere in the world.
H10N3 is a relatively less severe form of bird flu among chickens, and the risk of its widespread spread is very low. There are different forms of bird flu in China, with occasional cases of infecting humans.
According to reports, the local authority has traced the people in contact with the patient and has been kept in medical observation. Apart from this, experts have advised to stay away from sick and dead chickens in that area and try to avoid direct contact with other birds.