The National Health Commission (NHC) of China verified the first human case of infection with the H10N3 strain of avian flu on Tuesday, citing a 41-year-old male in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu.
The individual, a native of Zhenjiang, was admitted to the hospital on April 28 after acquiring a fever and other symptoms, according to the NHC.
He was diagnosed with the H10N3 avian influenza virus on May 28, according to the report, which did not specify how the individual became infected with the virus.
H10N3 is a low pathogenic, or less severe, strain of the virus in poultry, and the probability of it spreading on a broad scale is quite low, according to the NHC.
The patient was stable and ready to be released from the hospital. Medical examination of his close acquaintances revealed no other instances.
Many distinct strains of avian influenza are present in China, and some of them infect people on a random basis, generally individuals who interact with poultry. Since the H7N9 variant killed roughly 300 people in 2016-2017, there have been no substantial numbers of human illnesses with bird flu.
According to the NHC, no additional cases of H10N3 illness in humans have been documented worldwide.