China reports first human case of bird flu strain H10N3 in world
A 41-year-old man from Zhenjiang, China, has become the world's first person to get the H10N3 type of bird flu. China's National Health Commission announced on Tuesday that the country's eastern Jiangsu region has detected the first human infection with the H10N3 strain of avian flu. According to the state-run CGTN TV, the patient, a 41-year-old male from Zhenjiang, is in stable health and fulfils discharge guidelines. Health officials downplayed the outbreak, claiming that it was a rare viral transfer from poultry to people with a negligible potential of producing a pandemic. The guy was diagnosed with the H10N3 avian influenza virus on May 28, according to the National Health Commission, which did not elaborate on how the guy became infected. According to the paper, no additional cases of H10N3 illness in humans have been documented anywhere in the world. In poultry, H10N3 is a low pathogenic or less severe strain of the virus, and the probability of it spreading on a broad scale is quite low. In China, there are many distinct strains of avian influenza, and some of them infect people on a random basis, usually individuals who deal with poultry. H5N8 is an influenza A virus subtype (also known as the bird flu virus). H5N8 is a low-risk virus for humans, but it is very fatal in wild birds and livestock.