• The WHO has been officially notified by the Chinese health authorities that avian influenza A (H10N8) has been detected in a single patient with severe pneumonia.
• The patient is a 73-year old female from Jiangxi Province, China. She was hospitalized on November 30 and died on December 6.
• This is the first ever report of H10N8 isolated from a patient.
• The patient visited a live bird market four days before date of onset. She had many underlying medical conditions (immunocompromised).
• The family members and other contacts had no symptoms and no other similar cases were detected in the area.
• The fact that the virus was isolated from a patient and reported through active surveillance by the Chinese health authorities is a sign that the surveillance system is working well.
• The specific source of the infection is unknown. As wild birds/poultry have been known to carry this virus, further sporadic cases may be detected.
• While the investigation is ongoing, including contact tracing and enhanced surveillance, so far, there is no evidence of sick contacts or human-to-human transmission.
• WHO is in contact with the national authorities and is following closely the event and will communicate important updates as they become available.
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