New form of bird flu claims first victim

A new and potentially deadly form of bird flu has claimed its first confirmed human life. Tests revealed that a previously-unknown substrain of the H10N8 virus killed a woman who was admitted to hospital in China with fever and pneumonia.

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New form of bird flu claims first confirmed victim

A new and deadly form of bird flu has claimed its first confirmed human life.

A cull of more than 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai last year. Credit: REUTERS/Stringer

The previously-unknown substrain of the H10N8 virus killed a woman who was admitted to hospital in China with fever and pneumonia, test results revealed.

The 73-year-old woman, from Nanchang City in Jiangxi province, died nine days after becoming ill despite antibiotic and antiviral treatment. She visited a live poultry market a few days prior to infection, suggesting an incubation time of around four days - similar to that of other bird flu strains.

The strain is believed to have spread from poultry and may pose a pandemic threat to the human population, experts said.

Reports suggest at least one other person is critically ill in hospital after being infected by the same strain in Jiangxi Province.

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