H10N3 strain of bird flu
- China has reported the world’s first human infection of the H10N3 bird flu strain.
- Infected birds shed avian flu in their saliva, mucus, and poop, and humans can get infected when enough of the virus gets in the eyes, nose, or mouth, or is inhaled from infected droplets or dust.
- H10N3 is a low pathogenic virus and the risk of it spreading on a large scale is very low.
Prevention for stop spreading of H10N3 among people
- People should avoid contact with sick or dead poultry and avoid direct contact with live birds as much as possible.
- People must pay attention to food hygiene at the moment.
- People should wear masks and improve self-protection awareness, while constantly monitoring fever and respiratory symptoms.
Different strains of bird flu:
- The last human epidemic of bird flu in China occurred in late 2016 to 2017, with the H7N9 virus.
- H5N8 is a subtype of the Influenza A virus (also known as the bird flu virus). While H5N8 only presents a low risk to humans, it is highly lethal to wild birds and poultry.
- In April, a highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu was found in wild birds in northeast China’s Shenyang city.