H3N8 Bird Flu: First case of new strain of Bird Flu
H3N8 Bird Flu in China: The first case of H3N8 bird flu has been confirmed in China. A 4-year-old child has been found infected with this virus. He was admitted to the hospital after showing fever and other symptoms.
World First Human H3N8 Bird Flu Case: The first case of H3N8 strain of bird flu has been confirmed in China. However, health officials say that the risk of spreading this infection among people is still low.
First case seen in 2002
Let us tell you that the case of H3N8 was first seen in 2002 in North America. After this, horses, dogs and seals were infected, but the effect of this infection was not seen in humans.
The boy’s test was done after fever
China’s National Health Commission said a 4-year-old boy living in central Henan province underwent tests earlier this month after being admitted to hospital with fever and other symptoms. In which he was found positive with this virus. The commission said in a statement that the boy’s family had raised chickens at home and the family lived in an area populated by wild ducks.
Reduced risk of spreading infection
The commission said that the boy was directly infected with birds. The boy’s case is a one-sided cross-species infection and the risk of large-scale spread among people is low. However, despite this, the commission has asked the public to stay away from dead or sick birds and seek immediate treatment if fever or respiratory symptoms are observed.
This flu is caused by poultry farming
Avian influenza mainly occurs in wild birds and poultry. Cases of its spread between humans are extremely rare. According to the US Centers for Disease Control, the H5N1 and H7N9 strains of bird flu, detected in 1997 and 2013, are responsible for most cases of human illness from avian influenza. In 2012, H3N8 killed more than 160 seals off the northeast coast of the United States. Most of these
animals had fatal pneumonia.