An 11-year-old boy died of H5N1 avian influenza Tuesday, making this the primary recorded dying because of the hen flu in India this yr.
An AIIMS official said that the boy had been admitted to the hospital on July 2 and that he died on Tuesday. The official added that every one workers who had been in touch with the affected person are underneath isolation.
Avian influenza is a extremely contagious viral illness brought on by Influenza Kind A viruses which usually impacts poultry resembling chickens and turkeys. It doesn’t unfold simply to people. Individuals who have are available in shut contact with contaminated birds, useless or alive, can contract the H5N1 flu however in response to the WHO, it doesn’t often unfold from individual to individual. The WHO has additionally identified that there isn’t any proof for the virus to unfold by correctly ready and cooked poultry because the virus is delicate to warmth and dies in cooking temperatures. Nonetheless, it may be lethal when it does infect people, with a mortality charge of just about 60%.
Earlier this yr, in January, the deaths of a big numbers of birds in varied elements of the nation had raised the hen flu alarm and the virus was detected in birds in Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana and Maharashtra. Samples from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Kerala had examined constructive for the A (H5N8) pressure of the virus, whereas samples from Himachal Pradesh had examined constructive for A (H5N1)