The Chinese National Health Commission said Tuesday that the man was the first person in the world to contract the H10N3 bird flu virus in east China’s Jiangsu Province.
The 41-year-old is reported to be stable and fulfilling hospital discharge requirements.
According to the Chinese health authorities, the case is isolated and caused by a viral infection transmitted directly from birds to humans, which makes the risk of contracting the epidemic very low.
The man living in Zhenjiang began showing the first symptoms of the disease on April 23, including a fever, then his condition worsened and he was hospitalized on April 28. It was finally diagnosed by experts commissioned to the site by the Chinese Center for Epidemiology after genetic sequencing of a viral sample taken from the patient on May 28. People who had close contact with the patient were placed under medical supervision, but no anomalies were observed in any of them.
Previously, no case was reported anywhere in the world in which the H10N3 strain of bird flu virus spread to humans. Other strains of the virus intermittently cause similar cases in China, usually among people who come into direct contact with poultry. Between 2016 and 2017, an epidemic sweeping the country due to the H7N9 strain killed nearly three hundred people.