China strikes again: World’s first human case of the H10N3 bird flu sparks avian influenza outbreak fears

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China has confirmed the world’s first human case of the H10N3 bird flu. The country has been urged to remain transparent about the H10N3 outbreak amid claims of cover-ups.

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China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu. Picture: AP, File

A 41-year-old man, from the eastern city of Zhenjiang, developed a fever and other symptoms and was hospitalised on April 28.

He was then diagnosed with the H10N3 strain of bird flu on May 28 – but is in a stable condition and is set to be discharged from the hospital.

Health officials reassured the public that: “the risk of large-scale transmission is low.

None of the 41-year-old’s close contacts have contracted the flu, the NHC added, while explaining “H10N3 is a low pathogenic, or relatively less severe, strain of the virus in poultry.

Tests showed the virus was of avian origin – but there have been no substantial infections of bird flu since the H7N9 killed around 300 people in 2016.

The strain is “not a very common virus,” according to Filip Claes, regional laboratory coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases.

He said there have only been approximately 160 isolated of the virus reported over the course of 40 years.

It is mostly found in wild birds or waterfowl in Asia and a few areas of North America, but none had been detected in chickens so far, Claes explained.

The genetic data of the virus will be analysed to determine if it mirrors any older contagions or if it is a mixture of a number of viruses.

It is the first reported case of human infection with H10N3 globally, the NHC said.

Experts have warned people in the region to avoid contact with sick or dead poultry and to try and avoid contact with live birds.

The Health Commission said people should pay attention to food hygiene, wear masks, improve self-protection awareness, and check for fever and respiratory symptoms.

After Corona, now this new avian influenza… Please close your labs China! [AP]

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4 COMMENTS

  1. COVID is carried via bird, look at the migrations. The time prior to COVID with all the birds which were falling, that everyone thought was from the 5G. All those places were affected with mass COVID.

    • Bird kung-flu is carried by migratory birds. Then they poop in the livestock scratch pile.

      Young livestock birds usually get it first. Older livestock birds have herd immunity. I have some geese that are age 6. Lost 3 young geese this year to bird kung-flu.

      What I do is isolate the young infected bird, and try to heal it. 2% survive. Then I reintroduce back to the flock. Try and push the herd immunity into the flock from the healed bird.

  2. Anymore of my livestock birds die from redchinesey kung flu, and I will ask God to send some nuclear hailstones at your godless heathen land!

    • I liked it better before kissingerm and dick nixon went over there, and opened the door. I remember it. Time mag had it on the cover. Around 1970ish.

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