China records first death from H3N8 avian flu

China records first death from H3N8 avian flu

A woman has died in China from H3N8 avian flu, a virus that has been circulating since 2002 and has so far had no known human victims, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

The H3N8 virus, which first appeared on the North American continent, was until now considered capable of being transmitted to horses, dogs and sea lions.

It had not been detected in humans until the first two non-fatal cases in China in April and May 2022.

The WHO stressed that the available data showed that this virus is not transmitted between humans and therefore, “the risk of its spread at the national, regional and global level is considered to be low”.

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