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China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu in world

The H10N3 virus, a variant of bird flu, has been confirmed in humans for the first time in the world. The influenza virus was found in a 41-year-old man from Jiangsu Province in eastern China, the National Health Commission (NHC) of China said on Tuesday.

The NHC said in a statement that the infected man, a resident of Zhenjiang, was hospitalised on April 28 after developing a fever and other symptoms, and he was diagnosed with the H10N3 avian influenza virus on May 28.

Blood samples were collected from the patient and tested positive for the virus. Officials said an investigation is underway to determine how he became infected with the virus. According to sources, the man was stable and would be discharged from hospital soon. People who had close contact with the patient have been quarantined.

Different strains of bird flu had already been detected in China, but this is the first time the H10N3 virus has been confirmed in humans anywhere in the globe.

However, China’s National Health Commission said that H10N3 is a low pathogenic or relatively less severe strain of the avian influenza virus. It is also said that the risk of this variant spreading on a large scale is very low.

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