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China has reported the first-ever case of a human contracting the H10N3 bird flu, raising concerns that the world is about to experience yet another pandemic.
On Tuesday, the Chinese National Health Commission confirmed that a 41-year-old man living in the province of Jiangsu had contracted the virus, according to Reuters.
“The man, a resident of the city of Zhenjiang, was hospitalized on April 28 and diagnosed with H10N3 on May 28, the health commission said. It did not give details on how the man was infected,” Reuters reported.
“His condition is now stable and he is ready to be discharged. Investigation of his close contacts found no other cases, the NHC said. No other cases of human infection with H10N3 have been reported globally,” it added.
Note that it apparently took over a month for him to be discharged …
Note also that it apparently took just as long for the world to learn about this …
Learn more about the bird flu below:
Echoing the claims of the NHC, Reuters also reported that there are several “different strains of bird flu in China” and that they “sporadically infect people.” As for H10N3, it further claimed there’s “no indication” it can spread easily among humans.
The World Health Organization has also taken up this refrain.
“The source of the patient’s exposure to the H10N3 virus is not known at this time, and no other cases were found in emergency surveillance among the local population. At this time, there is no indication of human-to-human transmission,” it said in a statement to Reuters.
“As long as avian influenza viruses circulate in poultry, sporadic infection of avian influenza in humans is not surprising, which is a vivid reminder that the threat of an influenza pandemic is persistent,” it added.
Health magazine also echoed this positive sentiment: “Here’s why you don’t need to be worried about the new strain, according to infectious disease experts,” it reported.
The problem is that much of the same was initially said about the coronavirus, which went on to wreak massive devastation throughout the world.
Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China🇨🇳. pic.twitter.com/Fnl5P877VG
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 14, 2020
To its credit, The New York Times chose to offer a more sober assessment.
“Avian viruses do not typically spread among humans, but they can pose a danger to humans if they mix with a human virus, said Raina MacIntyre, the head of the biosecurity program at the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales in Australia,” the Times reported.
In a statement to the Times, MacIntyre said, “If someone has human flu and is infected with bird flu, the two viruses can swap genetic material. That’s why you see the concern for pandemic flu arising in countries where humans and livestock have very close contact.”
Keep in mind that all this comes as China is facing increasing scrutiny for having lied to the world during every stage of the coronavirus pandemic.
And so naturally, many are concerned that China is lying again and that, if not handled properly, the latest transmission could trigger another pandemic.
Some have also taken to concocting conspiracy theories speculating that, like the coronavirus, which is suspected to have been developed in a laboratory, H10N3 is also a product of “gain of function” research.
No worries, the Chinese gov says “This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission,”. “The risk of large-scale transmission is low.”! And we trust the word of the CCP right? They are all about full transparency… aren’t they? 🙄 I’ll bet Fauci’s already salivating!
— Theresa Wedemeyer (@theriw) June 1, 2021
— RJ (@RJ_RishiJain) June 2, 2021
I bet this is a new and improved version H1ON3.21 was developed in a high tech lab. I wonder how fast this human compatible version can transmit between them? Considering player #1 is only 42 years old and has been hospitalized for over a month, it’s Internal action is intense!!
— Lolo (@Queeph1) June 1, 2021
We know how the last time it was low risk ended up
— 🇭🇰🔞RoonKolos🏳️⚧️ Braving the Hunt (@RoonKolos) June 1, 2021
Initially some people denied human to human transmission of Covid too 😶
— TheDuckNight (@TheDuckNight987) June 1, 2021
Or is China lying again and could this be another virus made in the lab
— Sari Gabrielli (@GabrielliSari) June 2, 2021
“The 41-year-old man in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai, was hospitalized April 28 and is in stable condition”
. . . And we’re just hearing about it now.
On June 1.
— Kim Pride (@kimapride) June 1, 2021
To be clear, H10N3 has existed for decades, though it has never been that prominent.
“Only around 160 isolates of the virus were reported in the 40 years to 2018, mostly in wild birds or waterfowl in Asia and some limited parts of North America, and none had been detected in chickens so far,” according to Reuters.
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