In a brief statement issued on April 26, 2022,that a first H3N8 was detected in Henan Province. This is a 4-year-old child who has contracted on April 5 and was admitted to a local hospital on the 10th due to his worsening condition. Chinese health authorities confirmed on April 24 that the child tested positive for H3N8.
The child lives near chickens and crows raised by his parents according to the Chinese government. He was probably infected with the virus through prolonged contact with a sick animal. While such cases may occur, the H3N8 virus is primarily avian – although it has been identified in other animals including– and is not programmed to infect humans. According to current knowledge, it seems unlikely that the can spread from human to human; the pandemic risk is therefore considered low.