A lethal new strain of bird flu, H10N8, has emerged in China, killing a 73-year old woman in Nanchang city, the Financial Times reported Wednesday, citing a case report published in the medical journal Lancet. Mingbin Liu from Nanchang City Centre for Disease Control and Prevention was quoted as saying that the pandemic potential of this new strain should not be underestimated. “A second case of H10N8 was identified in Jiangxi Province on January 26,” he told the journal. “This is of great concern because it reveals that the H10N8 virus has continued to circulate and may cause more human infections in future.” The two H10N8 infections both followed contact with live poultry, suggesting that the virus moved into its human victims directly from birds, the report said.
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