Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Science & Space

New deadly bird flu virus reported in China

See also

Dr. Yuelong Shu from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing, China and Dr. Mingbin Liu from Nanchang City Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first human death from a new bird flu virus in the Feb. 4, 2014, edition of the journal Lancet.

The new strain of bird flu virus has been designated as H10N8 and was found to be responsible for the death of a woman from Nanchang City in China on Nov. 30, 2013, due to multiple organ failure despite the use of antibiotic and antiviral treatment. The woman was found to have contracted the new strain of flu at a live poultry market but no evidence of the new strain of flu could be found in animals or fixtures in the market. The woman died in 13 days after being infected with the new strain of flu.

A second case of H10N8 was identified in Jiangxi Province, China on Jan. 26, 2014. The H10N8 virus had been found in water in 2007 and in a poultry market in 2012.

The researchers affirm that the new flu is avian in origin. The new strain of flu is thought to have arisen as a molecular rearrangement of the H9N2 flu virus in poultry. The scientists expect an increased virulence and a greater potential for human infection from the H10N8 virus due to the genetic rearrangement.

Advertisement

News

  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    Hamas claims to have captured an IDF soldier on the bloodiest day of the conflict
    Video
    Video
  • Missing bodies
    38 bodies have not been found from the MH17 debris field in eastern Ukraine
    World News
  • Peeping Toms in NSA?
    Has the NSA seen you naked? Edward Snowden says it's not unlikely
    NSA
  • Autism study
    The newest, largest study on autism suggests that it mostly has to do with genetics
    Science
  • McIlroy takes Open
    Rory McIlroy hangs onto the lead and wins the 2014 British Open
    Sports
  • $23 billion payout
    A jury sides with the widow of a smoker, tobacco company shells out $23 billion
    Headlines

Related Videos:

  • Buzz Aldrin and the American flag on the moon
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/O4KxesvbiMU?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Orbital Sciences rocket brings supplies and experiments to space station
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518318477" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518318477&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Liftoff Apollo 11
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/zGNryrsT7OI?VQ=HD720&amp;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>