Avian Influenza: China has confirmed the world’s first human case of a new strain of bird flu for a 41-year-old men. He was tested positive after hospitalised with fever. The National Health Commission of China said on Tuesday that they have found one case of human infection with the H10N3 strain of bird flu in Jiangsu province.
H10N3 is a low pathogenic or relatively less severe strain of the virus in poultry and the risk of it spreading on a large scale is very less.
Steps to prevent human from spread of avian influenza
- Medical consultants have advised that people in the region should avoid direct or indirect contact with sick or dead poultry, and try to avoid direct contact with live birds.
- The National Health Commission advised that the people should pay attention to food hygiene, wear masks, improve self-protection awareness and check for fever and respiratory symptoms.
Many kinds of strains of avian influenza are present in China and some sporadically infect people, usually those working with poultry farms. There have been no significant numbers of human infections with bird flu since the H7N9 strain killed around 300 people during 2016-2017.
The strain is “not a very common virus,” said Filip Claes, regional laboratory coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases at the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.