China has announced the world’s first case of H10N3 bird flu in humans. Is a man 41 years old, resident in the city of Zhenjiang, who began to have symptoms on April 23 and who, five days later, had to be hospitalized. On May 28, he was finally diagnosed with this virus.
The National Health Commission (NHC) assures that it has been due to a transmission “accidental”, although it has not given details of how it was actually infected. Of course, it ensures that the risk of a large-scale spread is “Very low” after subjecting his closest nucleus to medical examinations.
This is an isolated case and although experts insist that the H10N3 virus does not have the ability to infect people, it has asked its citizens to try to avoid all contact with birds, alive and dead, that they take care of their food hygiene and that they go to the doctor at the first symptoms, which are usually fever and respiratory problems.
There are many different strains of bird flu in China and some sporadically infect people, but this case is the first human H10N3 infection. We recall that between 2016 and 2017, the H7N9 strain of bird flu killed about 300 people.