1st human case of H3N8 bird flu reported in 4-year-old boy in China

A 4-year-old boy in China has become the first human case of the H3N8 strain of bird flu, according to news reports.

The boy, who lives in Henan province, was exposed to chickens and crows at his home, which could have transmitted the virus, according to news reports. The boy was infected with an avian version of the H3N8 virus, though strains of this virus can also infect horses (known as equine influenza virus) and dogs (known as canine influenza virus. And now it has made the leap to humans, though the risk of it spreading from human to human is low, according to a Reuters report.

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