China Reports First Human Case of H3N8 Avian Influenza -By ASC

China: Four-year-old boy found infected with bird flu virus (Representative)


China has recorded its first human infection with the H3N8 type of Avian Influenza in the country’s Henan province, media reports said on Tuesday.

China’s National Health Commission (NHC) announced the case in a statement but said the risk of it spreading among people was low.

A four-year-old boy was found to be infected with the virus after experiencing several symptoms including fever.

According to the NHC, no close contacts were infected with the virus.

The child had been in contact with chickens and crows raised in his home, he added.

The health commission said H3N8 variants had previously been detected elsewhere in the world in horses, dogs, birds and seals. However, added that no human H3N8 cases have been reported.

Preliminary assessments determined the variant did not yet have the ability to infect humans effectively, and the risk of a large -scale outbreak was low, he added.

(This story has not been edited by AGRASMARTCITY staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)


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