- Authorities reported the first human case of bird flu in China.
- A 41-year-old man would be the first human to be infected with bird flu.
- The risk of human-to-human transmission of bird flu is low, experts said.
A man in eastern China has contracted what could be the first human case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu, although the risk of large-scale contagion is low, the government reported on Tuesday, as reported by the AP news agency.
The 41-year-old infected man from the Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai, was hospitalized on April 28 and remains stable, according to the website of the National Health Commission, cited by AP.
First human case of bird flu detected
A human case of H10N3 had not been reported anywhere, the National Health Commission said on Tuesday, a statement replicated by various media outlets around the world.
“This infection is an accidental transmission between species,” the statement said. “The risk of large-scale transmission is low,” he added, according to the brief report issued by the AP news agency.
China bird flu: The patient had a fever
The Spanish newspaper The country It also reported on Tuesday that a man from eastern China would be the first human to be infected with the H10N3 bird flu and that so far there are no indications that the disease can be contagious between people.
Citing the National Health Commission of China, the newspaper El País detailed that on April 23 the patient began to feel ill after experiencing symptoms that included fever. Then five days later, he was hospitalized.
The first case of bird flu in a human in China
On May 28, El País added, the patient received his diagnosis after “the genetic sequencing of the virus that had infected him” was completed: H10N3, the new variant of avian flu.
This is the first case of bird flu in a human that has been detected in the world, said the National Health Commission of China, which did not specify how the man could have been infected, who is about to receive medical discharge.
The possibility of contagion is low
Citing the Commission, El País noted that it was confirmed that this variant comes from birds and does not have the capacity to infect humans effectively, so the probability of a large-scale contagion would be minimal.
In addition, the El País report pointed out, the specialists tracked down the people with whom the patient had contact and the presence of the new variant of avian flu has not been detected in any of them.
They ask to avoid contact with birds
Despite the low risk of infection among humans by avian flu, El País indicated that Chinese health asked citizens to avoid having contact with dead birds and to try not to get close to live ones either.
In turn, the health authorities of the Asian country urged to continue with food hygiene and go to a health center if they have symptoms such as fever or difficulty breathing.
Some will continue to wear face masks despite COVID-19 vaccines
The retired educator has not caught the coronavirus, nor did she get the flu that she gets twice a year so far in the pandemic. So why stop using the masks? “I’ve used a mask where it really wasn’t necessary,” said Massie, who lives in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. “Many people, more than I expected, still use it as well.”
Wear a mask or not?
With COVID-19 cases on the decline after more than 580,000 deaths and with more than a third of the United States population fully vaccinated, millions are deciding whether to continue wearing the sanitary masks that were both a shield against infection and a point of heated political debate last year. People have countless reasons to keep using them or not.
Many are willing to let go of the sadness, isolation and wariness of the pandemic. Ditching masks, even the flashiest ones, is a visible and liberating way forward. However, others are still concerned about newer variants of the virus and the remote possibility that it will catch on and infect others, although the risks of both are greatly reduced for those who are fully vaccinated.
Denise Duckworth is one of those who no longer wants to wear a chinstrap. “I’ve always been against masks, and I think all their rules have been hypocritical and confusing,” said Duckworth, who is from Kansas City, Missouri, and was visiting a French Quarter in New Orleans, where musicians from jazz and tourists have returned to the streets.
Like many here, Duckworth wasn’t wearing a mask on an upbeat Friday that made the Quarter feel more normal than it had in months. Alex Bodell from Ithaca, New York, stood out from the crowd for the black mask that covered his nose and mouth, but he was more at ease that way.
They recommend continuing to use masks
“Certainly I feel much more comfortable, and I think I am having much more fun here being fully vaccinated and feeling that, regardless of my mask, I am protected,” he told the AP news agency.
Medical authorities recommended that partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks, and their use remains mandatory in crowded interiors such as buses, airplanes, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. The measures announced in May cleared the way for the reopening of offices, schools, among others.
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