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Bird flu death: Contact tracing begins, experts say don’t panic

Contact tracing of the boy who died of chicken flu in Delhi is underway, although specialists preserve that the possibilities of human to human transmission of the virus is uncommon.

An 11-year-old boy died of the H5N1 avian influenza on July 12 whereas present process therapy at AIIMS Delhi, making it India’s first recorded case of human loss of life on account of chicken flu.

The boy was from Haryana and the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management is engaged on tracing his contacts.

“It’s a matter of concern however first we have to discover out from the place he contracted the an infection — that’s half of the present epidemiological train. Groups are conducting investigation work and get in touch with tracing each on the hospital and on the bottom,” mentioned Dr Sujeet Singh, Director NCDC.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria mentioned the case shouldn’t result in public panic. “The transmission of the virus from birds to people is uncommon and sustained human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus has not but been established and subsequently there isn’t a must panic. However then individuals working intently with poultry should take precautionary measures and preserve correct private hygiene,” he instructed PTI Wednesday.

This was echoed by Dr Neeraj Nischal, affiliate professor on the AIIMS Division of Drugs. “Until now there are solely two vital varieties of influenza that have an effect on people, that are H3N2 and H1N1. The remainder often have an effect on birds, and may unfold to different mammals. The potential of those affecting people is low due to the type of receptors we now have, however it might occur in case of shut contact with an contaminated chicken… If that occurs, it can’t be transmitted very simply to different people, additionally partly as a result of it has a brief incubation interval of 4-5 days… Clusters of individuals getting contaminated due to publicity to a standard supply is a unique factor,” he mentioned.

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