In the world of disease jumping species, the Chinese have announced the next round.
The 41-year-old man, a resident of the eastern city of Zhenjiang, was hospitalized on April 28 after developing a fever and other symptoms, the National Health Commission said.
He was diagnosed with the H10N3 strain of bird flu on May 28, but now is in stable condition and preparing to be discharged from the hospital.
Will there be quarantines to keep the curve flat, and keep the virus contained?
It’s unclear how exactly he became infected with H10N3, but health officials said it was a case of “accidental cross-species transmission.”
None of his close contacts have contracted the disease, the commission said, adding that it is a low pathogenic virus.
“The risk of large-scale transmission is low,” the commission said.
Well, then, there might be a chance to sidestep a pandemic after all. But, if that is the case, why announce it.
Yes, it is true that birds do transmit viruses to humans, but they tend to come from wild birds, not poultry in a pen.
After the last year, this news was met with raised eyebrows from a number of people skeptical that any sort of virus with animal contributions has low large-scale transmission. How this plays out is anyone’s guess.
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