Hello guys, today we will know about bird flue and the bird flu latest news.
What is bird flu?
Bird flu, also called avian influenza, is a viral infection that can infect not only birds, but also humans and other animals.
It is a highly contagious viral disease caused by Influenza Type A viruses which generally affects poultry birds such as chickens and turkeys. There are many strains of the virus – some of them are mild and may merely cause a low egg production or other mild symptoms among chickens, while others are severe and lethal.
Bird flu: What are its symptoms and treatment?
You may have an H5N1 infection if you experience typical flu-like symptoms such as:
- respiratory difficulties
- fever (over 100.4°F or 38°C)
- muscle aches
- runny nose
- sore throat
How we can prevent from bird flu ?
If you develop both the avian flu and human flu at the same time, it could create a new and possibly deadly form of the flu.
The CDC has issued no recommendations against traveling to countries that are affected by H5N1. However, you can minimize your risk by avoiding:
- open-air markets
- contact with infected birds
- undercooked poultry
Be sure to practice good hygiene and wash your hands regularly.
The FDA has approved a vaccine designed to protect against the avian flu, but the vaccine isn’t currently available to the public.
Bird flu in India – bird flu latest news
In Haryana, around one lakh poultry birds have died mysteriously in the last few days.
In Himachal Pradesh’s Pong Dam Lake, around 1,800 migratory birds have been found dead. Same incident for kerla too. A bird flu alert has been sounded in Rajasthan, where over 250 crows were found dead in half a dozen districts.
H5N1 has the ability to survive for extended periods of time. Birds infected with H5N1 continue to release the virus in feces and saliva for as long as 10 days. Touching contaminated surfaces can spread the infection.
You may have a greater risk of contracting H5N1 if you are:
a poultry farmer
a traveler visiting affected areas
exposed to infected birds
someone who eats undercooked poultry or eggs
a healthcare worker caring for infected patients
a household member of an infected person
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source has approved a test designed to identify avian influenza. The test is called influenza A/H5 (Asian lineage) virus real-time RT-PCR primer and probe set. It can offer preliminary results in only four hours. However, the test isn’t widely available.
Your doctor may also perform the following tests to look for the presence of the virus that causes bird flu:
auscultation (a test that detects abnormal breath sounds)
white blood cell differential
Additional tests can be done to assess the functioning of your heart, kidneys, and liver.