India Probes Its First Human Death From Bird Flu
Muhammad Irfan 14 days ago Thu 22nd July 2021 | 11:50 AM
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jul, 2021 ) :India is investigating its first documented human death from bird flu after an 11-year-old boy succumbed to the disease earlier this month, the health ministry said.
Genome sequencing and virus isolation is in process and an epidemiological investigation has been initiated, the ministry said late Wednesday.
Avian influenza occurs mainly in birds and poultry, with cases of transmission between humans extremely rare.
H5N1 first broke out in 1997, then spread between 2003 and 2011, while H7N9 was first seen in 2013.
Two strains of bird flu, H5N1 and H7N9, first seen in 2013, led to human contamination in Asia through infected birds.
In the Indian case, the ministry said the virus belonged to H5Nx subtype, considered worrying as they have proven to evolve into highly dangerous strains.
Doctors and nurses who treated the patient have been monitored since July 16 and no one has reported any symptoms, it said.
Contact tracing was also undertaken but family members, close contacts and health care workers did not show any symptoms.
India has witnessed bouts of devastating bird flu outbreaks in recent decades, most seriously in 2008, when millions of poultry were culled.