Beijing, China: China announced the world’s first human infection with the H10N3 bird flu virus on Tuesday, but claimed the likelihood of it spreading broadly was minimal.
According to China’s National Health Commission (NHC), a 41-year-old male was sent to hospital with fever symptoms in the eastern city of Zhenjiang on April 28 and was diagnosed with H10N3 a month later.
“The risk of large-scale spread is extremely low,” the NHC said, adding that the man was in a stable condition and his close contacts had reported no “abnormalities.”
H10N3 was classified as low pathogenic in birds, meaning it was less likely to cause death or severe sickness.
According to the NHC, no human cases of H10N3 had previously been reported anywhere in the world.
In China, several forms of bird flu have been discovered in animals, but human infections are uncommon.
The H7N9 virus caused the last human bird flu epidemic in China, which lasted from late 2016 to early 2017.
According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, the H7N9 virus has infected 1,668 people and killed 616 people since 2013.
Following recent avian flu outbreaks in Africa and Eurasia, China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) called for increased surveillance in chicken farms, markets, and wild birds last week.
Covid-19 was originally discovered in late 2019 at a food and livestock market in Wuhan, China’s capital metropolis.