China Reports First Human Infection Of H10N3 Bird Flu Strain

Beijing: China has reported the first case of human infection with the H10N3 strain of bird flu from the country’s eastern Jiangsu province, China’s National Health Commission said on Tuesday.

The patient, a 41-year-old man from Zhenjiang city, was diagnosed as having the H10N3 avian influenza virus on May 28, the commission said in a statement without elaborating on how the man had got infected with the virus.

The patient is currently in a stable condition and meets discharge standards, the state-run CGTN TV reported quoting the statement.

Chinese health authorities, however, played down the outbreak. They said the case was a sporadic virus transmission from poultry to humans, and the risk of causing a pandemic was extremely low, news agency PTI reported.

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