According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a woman in China died from bird flu, a rare type that affects humans.
It does not seem to spread among people.
According to WHO, the 56-year-old woman was infected by the subtype H3N8 avian influenza.
Although it is rare in humans, H3N8 can be found in birds. However, it does not cause any symptoms. It has also been found infecting other mammals.
On Tuesday, it was announced that UK bird flu measures will be lifted in the latter part of this month.
The WHO reported that samples taken from the wet market where the woman was last seen were positive for influenza A (H3). This suggests that this could have been the source of her infection.
The WHO stated in a statement that “Based on available data, it appears this virus doesn’t have the ability spread easily from one person to another.”
It added that there were no other cases among close friends of the infected woman.
The majority of cases were reported in China.
Guangdong Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the third infection occurred late last month, but didn’t provide any details about the woman’s death.
According to the WHO, there were multiple underlying conditions and a history of having been exposed to live poultry.
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People with bird flu can contract sporadic infections from China, where the virus is constantly infecting large bird and wild bird populations.
Given their potential to develop and cause pandemics, it is important to monitor all avian influenza virus strains.