After years of absence, bird flu virus returns to infect humans again so that the first human infections were monitored in China.
so should we worry about an outbreak of bird flu virus among humans?
In a case that is the first of its kind, Chinese officials stated that a 41-year-old Chinese citizen had recently diagnosed with bird flu in Jiangsu Province, China, who was diagnosed with bird flu type (H10N3).
The patient is admitted to hospital in late April this year, with fever and some other symptoms
only to be diagnosed with the H10N3 bird flu virus later in May, but the officials did not make any statements regarding the source of the infection.
It is worth noting that the patient’s condition is stable and he was allowed to leave the hospital
and the health authorities have tried to investigate any similar injuries among the patient’s relatives and acquaintances
to find that there are no other injuries in the vicinity of the patient.
However, the above-mentioned strain of bird flu has not previously been recorded in any cases of infection
between the skin so that this case is the first of its kind at the human level in the world.
On the positive side, the aforementioned bird flu strain is low risk, and it is less severe than other strains
not to mention that the chances of it spreading on a large scale are slim.
This infection comes after years of bird flu being absent from the global front
after the virus kill 300 people between 2016-2017.
ABOUT THE BIRD FLU VIRUS
Avian influenza virus is one of the types of influenza viruses that mostly infect birds and poultry
and it is rare to infect humans, and if it happens and infects humans
it will cause death, and among the most prominent strains that may infect humans are these two strains:
- Avian influenza type (H5N1).
- Avian influenza type (H7N9).
Bird flu in humans may cause symptoms such as cough, headache, and fever, and sometimes the virus can cause fatal complications in humans.
For years, researchers have been concerned about the possibility of future mutations in bird flu viruses that could facilitate transmission between humans.