A Chinese language girl has turn into the primary individual to die from a kind of bird flu that’s uncommon in people, the World Well being Organisation (WHO) mentioned, however the pressure doesn’t seem to unfold between individuals.
The 56-year-old girl from the southern province of Guangdong was the third individual recognized to have been contaminated with the H3N8 subtype of avian influenza, the WHO mentioned in an announcement late on Tuesday.
The entire instances have been in China, with the primary two instances reported final yr.
The Guangdong Provincial Centre for Illness Management and Prevention reported the third an infection late final month however didn’t present particulars of the girl’s dying.
The affected person had a number of underlying circumstances, mentioned the WHO, and a historical past of publicity to stay poultry.
Sporadic infections in individuals with chicken flu are frequent in China the place avian flu viruses continually flow into in enormous poultry and wild chicken populations.
Samples collected from a moist market visited by the girl earlier than she turned ailing have been optimistic for influenza A(H3), mentioned the WHO, suggesting this will have been the supply of an infection.
Although uncommon in individuals, H3N8 is common in birds through which it causes little to no signal of illness. It has additionally contaminated different mammals.
There have been no different instances discovered amongst shut contacts of the contaminated girl, the WHO mentioned.
“Based mostly on accessible data, it seems that this virus doesn’t have the flexibility to unfold simply from individual to individual, and subsequently the danger of it spreading amongst people on the nationwide, regional, and worldwide ranges is taken into account to be low,” the WHO mentioned within the assertion.
Monitoring of all avian influenza viruses is taken into account necessary given their skill to evolve and trigger a pandemic.