The National Health Commission in China has reported a case of H10N3 avian influenza A (bird flu) in Jiangsu Province, the first time this virus has been seen in a human. The patient, from Zhenjiang, became unwell on 23 April 2021, but their condition is not considered serious. H10N3 does not cause serious illness in birds and is not readily transmitted to, or between, people.
Advice for travellers
Travellers to countries where avian influenza has caused human disease should be aware of the potential risk of infection, particularly those visiting friends and relatives. These travellers should be advised to avoid contact with:
- live poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons and quail, or any wild birds
- surfaces that may be contaminated with poultry or bird droppings
- commercial poultry farms, backyard poultry farms, and live poultry markets
- sick or dead poultry and birds
Information and advice for travellers on avian influenza is available on the TRAVAX (for health professionals) and fitfortravel (for the general public) websites.
Source: TRAVAX, 3 June 2021