Times of Oman
Price in RO
24ct / gm
22ct / gm
Forex Rates vs R01
Back to Homepage
China confirms human death from new bird flu type
December 18, 2013 , 10 : 55 am GST
SAVE THIS ARTICLE
This file photo shows nurses walking outside a hospital in Shanghai, where a patient was admitted with H7N9 bird flu, on May 14, 2013. Photo - AFP/File/Peter Parks
A 73-year-old Chinese woman has died of a type of bird flu new in humans, health officials say, but experts believe the risk of it spreading between people is low.
The woman died of the H10N8 strain in the southeastern city of Nanchang on December 6, the Jiangxi provincial health department said in a statement on its website.
Biologists say the strain has never been detected in humans before.
Bird flu infections raise fears that a virus could mutate to become easily transmissible, potentially triggering a pandemic.
An outbreak of H7N9 bird flu has infected at least 139 people on the mainland and resulted in 45 deaths, but fatalities have dropped significantly since the end of June.
Other cases of H7N9 infection were also reported in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The woman in Nanchang was admitted to hospital on November 30 with severe pneumonia and died of respiratory failure and shock, the provincial health department's statement said.
She had visited a local live poultry market before succumbing to the virus, it added.
People who have been in close contact with the woman have not shown any signs of illness so far, it said.
Local health officials also cited unnamed experts as saying initial assessments suggested the death was an individual case and the risk of the virus spreading between humans was low.
The H10N8 bird flu strain has never been detected in humans before, University of Hong Kong microbiologist Yuen Kwok-yung told Hong Kong Cable TV on Tuesday.
In August scientists reported the first likely case of direct person-to-person transmission of H7N9.
But they told people not to panic, describing the virus's transmissibility as "limited and non-sustainable".
Rate this Article
Rates : 0, Average : 0
Post a Comment
Did you like this section? Leave a comment!
Your Name :
Your Email Address :
Your Comment :
Enter Image Text:
No Comments Posted
Latest in this section
Stroke less likely for older women who get more potassium
Chinese firm serves up 'smart chopsticks' for food-wary diners
Dolphin virus adds to deaths in troubled Florida lagoon
Ebola-denial a revolt against colonial mindset: expert
Japan confirms more dengue infections: officials
TOP RATED ARTICLES
Power, water sector targets total Omanisation by 2019
Taiwanese students bring message of friendship to Oman
Drive to make taxis appeal to passengers in Oman
Tariq Al Haremi
Tennis: Hingis, Bencic debut as doubles team in Tokyo
‘Sinister’ characters inspire Royal Opera House Muscat classic drama
More in News
It's Different! Discovering pop legend Michael Jackson's popularity in rural India
High-end 'micro-flats' latest trend for Hong Kong home buyers
More than just a moustache - Adolf Hitler vs Charlie Chaplin
Urban gardens greening Berlin rooftops, airfield
Tips for writing a good article
More in Features
Being introvert isn’t a flaw of character
Of crime, bias and statistics
The forgotten soldiers of the Great War
Barack Obama’s ‘messy’ words
New conflicts have put the whole of MENA into turmoil
More in Columns
Copyright © 2012 Muscat Press & Publishing House SAOC. All rights reserved. Times of Oman is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
For reprint rights contact:
TOO Online Editorial