China stays alert over new bird flu strain

By Ed Bedington contact

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Influenza, Livestock, Poultry

Warnings are being raised following the death of a Chinese woman suspected of contracting a new strain of avian influenza.

A 73-year-old woman was reported to have contracted the H10N8 virus after visiting a live poultry market in Nanchang City, although the source of the infection has yet to be confirmed.

The death was followed by news that a second person had been infected in the country’s Jiangxi area.

Scientists are now warning the authorities not to underestimate the risk of a pandemic outbreak. According to studies, the H10N8 virus has evolved new characteristics which make it able to replicate more effectively in humans, raising fears it could be spread from person to person.

So far there is no evidence of such a spread, and while experts are saying there is no immediate threat, the authorities are being warned to be on their guard.

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