It is a known fact that the first case of COVID-19 infection was reported from China’s Wuhan in early December 2019. It soon spread across the world and lakhs of people have lost their lives because of this highly infectious disease. More than two years later, China has recorded the first human infection with the H3N8 strain of bird flu. According to reports, the case has been reported from the Henan province of China. The announcement about the case was made by the National Health Commission (NHC) of China by issuing a statement. However, it tried to downplay the risk.
According to NHC, the risk of it spreading among people was low. The one who was found to be infected is a four-year-old boy in Henan. He was found to be infected with the virus H3N8 after developing several symptoms including fever.
Officials of NHC said that the kid was in contact with chickens and crows as they are raised at his house in Henan. Close contacts of the kid have not been infected with the virus.
China’s National Health Commission said that the bird flu virus has previously been detected elsewhere in the world but only in animals like dogs, seals, horses and birds. NHC said that no human cases were reported in the past.
Earlier in January, the Health Security Agency of the United Kingdom had said that an extremely ‘rare’ case of bird flu was identified in a person in southwest England. The human-to-human transmission was neither suspected nor predicted because the subject had been in close contact with diseased birds. Moreover, the agency claimed that avian flu is difficult to contract.
“The person acquired the infection from very close, regular contact with a large number of infected birds, which they kept in and around their home over a prolonged period of time. All contacts of the individual, including those who visited the premises, have been traced and there is no evidence of onward spread of the infection to anyone else. The individual is currently well and self-isolating,” the agency said in a statement.