December 18, 2013

Rare Strain of Avian Flu

1 First H10N8 Flu Death Reported

An elderly woman in China is the first fatality from a rare form of avian flu. The woman who had a history of contact with live poultry, died from the H10N8 virus a week after being admitted to the hospital with severe pneumonia and other symptoms. "According to expert analysis, initial assessments consider the death as an individual case, and risk of human infection is low," stated a release from China's National Health and Family Planning Commission. The H10 subtype of avian flu has been seen before but reported cases were mild. Experts say the scope of this new strain of flu remains unknown but has raised concerns. Health authorities recommend washing hands and covering the nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing. Travelers to Hong Kong have been warned to avoid live poultry markets.

More at CNN.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Popular People Will Develop Flu First

Tags: Avian Flu, Flu, Influenza, Pneumonia, H10N8 Virus, China National Health and Family Planning Commission

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