CHINA: Bird flu 2013 News Update, Chinese woman died — A 73 years old Chinese woman died of a new bird flu strain H10N8 on December 6 in the southern city of Nanchang.
World Health Organization says that it was the first human case of the new strain, the development called “worrisome”.
H10N8 avian influenza virus was a new bird flu strain, it was not previously been found in people, the Jiangxi province health department said on its website. And it was the second bird flu strain develop in humans in China this year.
Late march this year, the H7N9 bird flu strain emerge, 140 people was infected in China, Hongkong and Taiwan and killed 45 of them
The woman was infected of the said virus and was admitted in the hospital last month, November 30.
The provincial health department ‘s statement said that she suffered from severe pneumonia, heart disease, high blood pressure and other health problems that lowered her immune system.
According from the report, the woman visited a local live poultry market four days before she was infected.
The spokesman of the World Health Organization’s regional office in Manila named Timothy O’Leary, said that WHO officials were working closely with Chinese authorities to understand more about the said new virus. He said though its source remains unknown, birds are known to carry it and it would not be surprising if another human case was detected.
“It’s worrisome any time a disease jumps the species barrier from animals to humans. That said, the case is under investigation (by Chinese authorities) and there’s no evidence of human-to-human transmission yet,” O’Leary said by phone.
The WHO said that Chinese authorities investigates the H10N8 case and raise surveillance measures to detect and control infections.
Winter and Spring is the flu season, Health authorities urge that we should pay attention in our personal hygiene, covering mouth while coughing and sneezing, washing hands especially when we get contact to poultry market.
Try to avoid contact from wild birds especially residents with underlying disease.
Travelers and people in Hongkong warned not to visit in live poultry market to avoid direct contact with birds.
Experts are vigilant when it comes to bird flu viruses infecting humans. They have been closely watching the H5N1 bird flu virus, which has killed 384 people worldwide since 2003.
The virus remains hard to catch with most human infections linked to contact with infected poultry, but scientists fear it could mutate and spread rapidly among people, potentially sparking a pandemic.