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China Reports First Human Case Of H10N8 Bird Flu

“Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected with a bird flu strain that had sickened a human for the first time, a development that the [WHO] called ‘worrisome,'” the Associated Press reports (Wong, 12/17). “The [H10N8] virus has been detected in birds since 1965 in at least seven countries including China, the WHO said,” according to Reuters (Wee/Patton, 12/18). “The woman, whose immune system was compromised, had an underlying illness and had visited a live-poultry market, [Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP)] reported in a statement,” CIDRAP News writes (Wappes, 12/17).