Chinese health authorities reported on Tuesday that they have detected the world’s first case of H10N3 avian influenza in humans and said that the risk of large-scale spread is extremely low.
The case has been detected in a 41-year-old man from Zhenjiang, in the province of Jiangsu, in the east of the Asian country, according to the Chinese National Health Commission, reports ‘Global Times’.
The individual developed fever and other symptoms on April 23, when he was admitted to a local medical center where he was treated until April 28.
After testing, health authorities have confirmed positive for the H10N3 virus, of avian origin, making man the first human case.
“No human cases of H10N3 have been reported so far in the world, and the H10N3 virus among poultry is low pathogenic. This case is an occasional transmission between poultry species and humans, and the risk of large-scale spread is extremely low,” the Chinese National Health Commission has stressed in this regard.
At the moment, it is not known how this man was infected, although the health authorities have traced his contacts to carry out the necessary protocols, without detecting any anomalies, and have instructed the Jiangsu province to carry out preventive measures. Citizens have also been asked to avoid contact with sick poultry, dead or alive.
The affected man is stable and is ready to be discharged from the hospital.