Bird flu H3N8 infected person died in China, world’s first = WHO | Reuters

On April 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a 56-year-old woman from Guangdong province in southern China died after being infected with the H3N8 bird flu. Pictured is a test tube labeled “Bird Flu” and a Chinese flag. Photo taken in January 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

[北京 12日 ロイター] – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on the 11th that a 56-year-old woman in southern China’s Guangdong province died after being infected with the H3N8 bird flu. This is the world’s first confirmed death from H3N8. The WHO says it is unlikely that human-to-human transmission will spread.

He is the third person to be infected with the H3N8 subtype. All were cases in China, the other two being reported last year.

Authorities in Guangdong province reported a third case late last month but gave no details about the woman’s death.

The deceased had multiple underlying medical conditions and a history of contact with live poultry, according to WHO.

WHO said samples taken from a fresh food market the woman had visited before she became ill were positive for influenza A(H3), suggesting that location may have been the source of infection.

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