Pune, January 11, 2021: The bird flu knock in several states in the midst of the Corona crisis has raised people’s concerns. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that the spread of the disease from birds to humans is limited. Only those in deep contact with birds are at risk of the disease. According to the WHO, several types of viruses exist. Of these, H-7N7 is the deadliest, and H9N2 is the mildest bearing. So far two strains have been found in India.
Infection of H5N8 has been found in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Kerala and H5N1 in other states. Both types are fatal. According to the WHO, exposure to infected chickens or birds is feared due to the spread of the disease in humans, but the spread has been found to be extremely limited. Therefore precautions must be taken by people involved in the work related to chicken farms and birds.
No danger of infection from human to human: According to the WHO, there is no possibility of infection from a person infected with bird flu to another person. Such cases have not been confirmed.
High death rate: People seriously infected with bird flu have a significantly higher mortality rate. Up to 60 percent of deaths in hospitalized patients can occur. Although the initial symptoms of the disease are similar to pneumonia, it is most likely to cause failure of the respiratory tract.
The treatment: Oseltamivir is a highly effective drug for treating bird flu. The H5N1 vaccine has been made, which is the most prevalent virus of bird flu. However, this vaccine is not readily available due to its low usage.
Caution: People should avoid going to places where there is a large number of birds or chickens to avoid bird flu.
400 cases: According to the WHO, about 400 cases of bird flu were recorded in humans in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East between 2003 – 2008.
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