India sees first bird flu death

India has registered the first human death due to bird flu, the strain of influenza virus that primarily affects birds

An 11 year old boy died at national capital Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 20 July due to bird flu.


This is the first H5N1 avian influenza human death this year and all staff in contact are under isolation.


Earlier in January, several states had reported deaths of birds which includes crows and migratory species. To which it forced authorities to get the samples tested for the avian influenza virus.


Bird flu was confirmed in many states including Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and high alert was in Maharashtra.


Dr AS Ranade of Bombay Veterinary College quoted in a leading national daily earlier in January that the chances of the H5N1 virus (Bird Flu) infecting humans is comparatively low in India as compared to other South East Asian countries because of the difference in culinary habits.


Dr Ranade said that the virus dies immediately if exposed to temperature over 70 degrees.


He also added that meat and eggs are eaten well cooked in India which is being exposed to over 100 degrees Celsius.


Dr Ranage said, "Thus the chances of humans contracting the virus from eating chicken and eggs is extremely rare."


Bird flu or H5N1 virus is the name used to describe a viral infection that is reported mostly in birds and has the potential to affect humans and other animals.


Human infections with avian influenza can happen only when enough virus gets into a person's eyes, nose or mouth, or is inhaled.

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