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China reports first human case of H3N8 bird flu
The first human infection with the H3N8 strain of bird flu has been reported in Henan province in China
The risk of a large-scale epidemic is low as of now
H3N8 is a subtype of the species Influenza A virus that is endemic in birds, horses and dogs.
It is the main cause of equine influenza and is also known as equine influenza virus.
Equine influenza is caused by a type A influenza virus in the family Orthomyxoviridae (genus Influenzavirus).
H3N8 avian influenza virus occurs mainly in wild birds and poultry
Cases of transmission between humans are extremely rare
H3N8 is known to have been circulating since 2002 after first emerging in North American waterfowl.
It is known to infect horses, dogs and seals, but has not previously been detected in humans.
Public should avoid contact with sick and dead poultry, and also live poultry