In China, a 41-year-old man residing in the eastern province of Jiangsu was reported as the first human case of infection with the H10N3 strain of avian flu, as reported by the Chinese National Health Commission (NHC) in the past few hours. The man, who lives precisely in the city of Zhenjiang, was hospitalized on April 28 after experiencing fever and other symptoms, Reuters said, reporting a statement released by the NHC itself.
No other cases found
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In the reconstruction of the facts, it is explained how on May 28 last man was diagnosed with the H10N3 avian influenza virus, without, however, any further details related to the infection have emerged. The man, now, would be in “stable” conditions and ready to be discharged from the hospital. The medical investigation carried out on people who had close contact with the man did not find other cases, the health professionals said.
The explanations of the experts
H10N3 is a low pathogenic strain of the virus, therefore relatively less severe than others, present in poultry, but the risk of it spreading on a large scale is very low, the NHC added. The strain, it was reported again, “does not represent a very common virus”, as confirmed also by Filip Claes, coordinator of the regional laboratory of the emergency center for transboundary animal diseases. Compared to this strain, only about 160 isolated cases have been reported in the past 40 years and up to 2018, highlighted by experts mostly in wild or aquatic birds found in Asia and some limited parts of North America. But so far no cases had been detected in chickens, the expert added. Analysis of the virus’s genetic data will now be needed to determine whether this virus resembles others already reported or whether it is a new mix of different viruses, Claes continued. In China, Reuters explains, there are many different strains of bird flu and some people become infected, albeit quite sporadically. These are usually people who work closely with poultry. No other cases of human infection with H10N3, however, have previously been reported globally, the NHC experts added.