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China records world’s first human death from H3N8 bird flu

A Chinese woman has become the first person to die from a type of bird flu that is rare in humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

It, however, says the strain does not appear to spread between people.

The 56-year-old from the southern province of Guangdong was the third person known to have been infected with the H3N8 subtype of avian influenza, the WHO said in a statement late on Tuesday.

All of the cases have been in China, with the first two cases reported last year.

The Guangdong Provincial Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reported the third infection late last month but did not provide details of the woman’s death.

The patient had multiple underlying conditions, said the WHO, and a history of exposure to live poultry.

According to a recent ABC report, sporadic infections in people with bird flu are common in China where avian flu viruses constantly circulate in huge poultry and wild bird populations.