China reported the first human infection with the H3N8 avian influenza strain

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China’s health authority said on Tuesday it had recorded the first human infection with the H3N8 strain of bird flu.

The National Health Commission said in a statement that the variant was found in a 4-year-old boy from Henan Province.

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The boy who lived in Jumadian City had raised chickens and crows at home.

He developed fever and other symptoms on April 5, according to the National Health Commission, and was admitted to a local medical institution for further treatment five days later.

FILE PHOTO: Workers inoculate chicks with H9 bird flu vaccine at a farm in Changfeng County, Anhui Province, China, April 14, 2013.
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The NHC noted that while the variant has been detected in horses, dogs, birds, and seals worldwide, no human cases have been reported.

She also said that a preliminary study showed that the variant does not yet have the ability to effectively infect humans, and that the risk of a large-scale epidemic is low.

The committee warned the public against contact with sick and dead poultry, as well as live poultry, and to pay attention to hygiene.

Those showing similar symptoms wear a mask and seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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In 2021, the National Health Commission confirmed the first human case of the H10N3 bird flu strain.

In addition, a man was later hospitalized with the H5N6 strain of bird flu.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote in March that highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses have been detected in US wild birds in 14 states and in commercial and backyard poultry in 13 states, citing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) animal population. Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

The agency said H5N1 bird flu posed a low risk to the public.

On Wednesday, Nebraska and federal agriculture officials said another significant case of bird flu has been confirmed on a farm in Knox County.

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It is the seventh confirmed case of the disease in the state, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture said in a news release.

Agricultural officials have said more than 2.1 million laying hens will be euthanized. The farm will also be placed in quarantine.

David Arrow of Fox News, The Associated Press, and Reuters contributed to this report.

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