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China Reports First Known Human Case Of H10N3 Bird Flu


LiveScience- A man in China caught the first case of H10N3 bird flu ever reported in a human, China's National Health Commission (NHC) announced Tuesday (June 1).



The H10N3 strain of avian influenza normally causes mild disease in birds, and until now, no cases of the viral infection had been reported in humans, according to a statement on the NHC website, as translated by Reuters. But on April 23, a 41-year-old man in the city of Zhenjiang developed a fever that progressed over the following days, and on April 28, he went to a local hospital for treatment.


(Although H10N3 only causes mild disease in its natural hosts, that may not hold true when the strain jumps to people.)



On May 28, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDC) performed a genetic analysis on specimens from the infected man and determined he was infected with H10N3, according to the statement. The CCDC then monitored the surrounding province of Jiangsu for additional....READ MORE


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