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China reports human case of H10N3 bird flu, asserts chance of major spread is low

BEIJING — A man in eastern China has contracted what might be the world’s first human case of the H10N3 strain of bird flu, but the risk of large-scale spread is low, the government says.

The 41-year-old man in Jiangsu province, northwest of Shanghai, was hospitalized April 28 and is in stable condition, the National Health Commission says on its website.

No human case of H10N3 has been reported elsewhere, the commission says.

“This infection is an accidental cross-species transmission,” its statement says. “The risk of large-scale transmission is low.”

Slaughtered chickens are displayed for sale at a wholesale poultry market in Shanghai, January 21, 2014. (AP Photo, File)
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