What may prove to be the first case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu passing to a human has been detected in China, reports said Tuesday, as local health authorities assured the world the risk of large-scale spread is “low.”
AP reports a man in eastern China has contracted the strain, with the 41-year-old in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai, hospitalized April 28. He remains in a stable condition, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on its website, and his close contacts had reported no “abnormalities.”
No human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, the commission said.
“This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission,” its statement said. “The risk of large-scale transmission is low.”
H10N3 is a less severe strain of the virus in poultry.
The most well-known avian flu strain, H5N1, has a 60 percent mortality rate, but the U.S. has yet to report any infections among people, according to