Cases of corona infection have once again started increasing rapidly in all the countries of the world. In India too, preparations have been started to avoid the third wave of the corona. Amidst fear and apprehensions from Corona, a case of death that came to light in the country on Tuesday has put the Health Department in worry. According to reports, an 11-year-old boy died on Tuesday in AIIMS, Delhi, the reason behind the death is said to be an infection of bird flu. According to doctors, this is the first case of bird flu infection and death in humans in the country. This disease, which is common in birds, can cause infection in humans in rare cases.
According to doctors, a sudden outbreak of avian influenza was seen in several states earlier this year amid cases of corona infection, although this may be the first case of bird flu in humans. The boy who died was admitted to the hospital recently on suspicion of a corona infection. Let us try to know about this transition in detail in the next slides.
was recruited on suspicion of corona infection
According to AIIMS doctors, the 11-year-old boy was admitted to the pediatrics department of AIIMS at the end of June. Initially, there was a suspicion of Kovid-19, although its report came negative in the investigation. During the tests, he also showed symptoms of leukemia and pneumonia. The sample was later sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for examination, where it was confirmed to be infected with bird flu. The child died on July 20. Doctors consider the case of bird flu in humans to be rare because as the name suggests, this infection occurs mostly in birds.
Know about bird flu?
Bird flu (avian flu or avian influenza) is considered a strain of the influenza virus. This infection occurs mainly in wild and domesticated birds, although in rare cases it can also infect humans. People suffering from bird flu infection can have common problems like cold fever, sore throat, and nausea. In some cases, symptoms can escalate to cause problems such as pneumonia, shortness of breath, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. Bird flu is considered a highly contagious disease, it spreads rapidly among birds, although transmission to humans is uncommon.
Bird flu cases in humans
According to the report of the news agency Routers, recently on July 15, China reported the first case of human infection of bird flu (H5N6 strain) in a 55-year-old male in Sichuan province. With this matter coming to the fore, the local authorities ordered the closure of the poultry centers. Local health experts had described the case as extremely rare. At the same time, the health department is on alert since the first such case was reported in humans in India. The National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) team has started tracing to find out if anyone else who came in contact with the child has symptoms of bird flu.
How serious can a bird flu infection be?
To know about how serious bird flu infection can be for humans, spoke to Dr. Pankaj Upadhyay, a senior doctor of a hospital in Lucknow. Dr. Pankaj explains that although it is unusual for humans to be infected with bird flu, although if this infection occurs, it can be considered fatal than corona. The mortality rate due to bird flu can be as high as 60-70%. This infection can be transmitted to humans mainly through contact with the saliva, mucus, or feces of infected birds. It is also worth noting that in general, the risk of spreading from one person to another is not like a corona.
Note: This article has been prepared on the basis of media reports and conversations with the senior doctor Dr. Pankaj Upadhyay.
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