- A strain of bird flu known to health researchers as H10N3 has been reported with its first case found in China
- The National Health Commission (NHC) in China's capital, Beijing, said the strain was discovered in a patient after he was hospitalised
- However, it was revealed by the commission that the strain is not severe in nature and has a low ability to spread
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China- The first human case of a strain of bird flu known as H10N3 has been discovered in the Jiangsu region of China.
Health officials in the district revealed that the carrier is a 41-year-old man who works in a poultry, BBC reports.
According to Beijing's National Health Commission (NHC), the man was diagnosed with the strain of the flu about one month after he was hospitalised.
So far, no other case has been found through contact tracing carried out by medical practitioners in the Asian nation.
Confirming this, the NHC noted:
"No human cases of H10N3 have been reported in the world. This case is an occasional poultry-to-human cross-species transmission, and the risk of a large-scale spread is extremely low."
Also, the commission explained that the strain is low pathogenic, which means it is not severe and less likely to spread.
Added to this, it was reported that the said patient has fully recovered and is ready to be discharged from the hospital.
But reacting to the development, the World Health Organisation (WHO) clarified that influenza from birds usually spreads in poultries, adding that this implies a persistent pandemic threat, Reuters report.
"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."
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Though the virus was first recorded in Wuhan, China back in December 2019, it has however spread to many countries across the world.