A 41-years-old man in China has been confirmed as the first human case of the H10N3 bird flu, according to the Beijing Health Commission.
The patient was admitted to a hospital in Zhenjiang on April 28 after developing a fever and other symptoms. He was diagnosed with the H10N3 virus, an uncommon kind of bird flu.
This is the first time a human has been infected with H10N3. This is a very unusual case, and the patient is now stable and ready to be released from the hospital.
According to China’s health officials, the cause of the patient’s infection is unknown, but there is little evidence that H10N3 can spread easily in people. People who come into touch with poultry are usually the only ones who get it.
The commission said: “The risk of large-scale transmission is low.”
“The source of the patient’s exposure to the H10N3 virus is not known at this time, and no other cases were found in emergency surveillance among the local population,” WHO said.
Fortunately, no cases of human-to-human transmission of the virus have been reported, according to health officials.
The WHO added: “As long as avian influenza viruses circulate in poultry, sporadic infection of avian influenza in humans is not surprising, which is a vivid reminder that the threat of an influenza pandemic is persistent.”
Filip Claes, the regional laboratory coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Emergency, said that only roughly 160 isolates of the virus were reported in the 40 years leading up to 2018, largely in wild birds or ducks in Asia and a few isolated places of North America.
He also said that H10N3 is “not a very common virus.” Nonetheless, he added that analyzing the virus’s genomic data will be important to identify whether it resembles prior viruses or is a fresh mix of viruses.
Most recently, the H7N9 bird flu virus strain caused 300 deaths just in 2016 and 2017.