BEIJING - A 73-year-old woman in China has died from a new
strain of bird flu, the H10N8 virus, the Xinhua state news agency reported on
Xinhua cited unidentified experts as saying that the case in
Nanchang, the capital of the landlocked southeastern province of Jiangxi, was an
individual one and the virus had a low risk of spreading to humans.
Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention had identified the strain as
the H10N8 avian influenza virus, Xinhua said.
The Geneva-based World
Health Organization (WHO) did not have any information about the virus on its
website. A WHO spokeswoman said a statement would be issued later on
The woman died on Dec. 6 due to respiratory failure and shock,
Xinhua said. She had sought treatment at a hospital in late November.
had visited a live poultry market and was exposed to the live poultry business,
Xinhua said, adding that people who had had close contact with her had not
exhibited any abnormal symptoms.
China is at the beginning of its
traditional flu season, and has long had a problem with bird flu.
H7N9 strain of bird flu emerged this year in China and has infected at least 139
people in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, killing 45 of them.
there is no evidence of any easy or sustained human-to-human transmission of
But a scientific analysis of probable transmission of the H7N9
virus from person to person, published in August, gave the strongest indication
yet that it can at times jump between people and so could potentially cause a