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Haryana probing India’s first bird flu case in humans, no suspects so far: Centre

Press Reporter News Service

New Delhi, July 21

The federal government on Wednesday mentioned an 11-year-old Gurugram boy who died at AIIMS, New Delhi lately, had been confirmed by investigations to be India’s first human case of fowl flu and Haryana’s illness surveillance unit was probing the case.

All shut contacts of the boy had been put underneath shut surveillance. No suspected instances had been present in Gurugram but nor had the nurses or medical doctors who handled the kid reported any signs, mentioned the well being ministry at present.

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“An 11-year-old baby has been reported as the primary human case of H5N1 from Gurugram, Haryana. He was recognized with Acute Myeloid Leukemia at AIIMS paediatrics division in June. Later he developed signs of fever, cough and respiration and progressed to Acute Respiratory Misery Syndrome. He was admitted to AIIMS on July 2 and died on July 12 after multi organ dysfunction,” the well being ministry mentioned at present.

Superior checks by the Nationwide Institute of Virology Pune, an ICMR lab, confirmed fowl flu (H5N1) within the affected person. Presently, complete genome sequencing and virus isolation are in course of.

The federal government at present mentioned the Nationwide Centre for Illness Management acquired the details about the case on July 16 and the data was communicated instantly to the Built-in Illness Surveillance Programme State Surveillance Unit, Haryana to provoke an epidemiological investigation into the case.

“The matter was additionally reported to the Animal Husbandry Division of Haryana,” the federal government mentioned.

Based mostly on the out there info, the crew of medical doctors and nurses treating the affected person are being monitored since July 16 for improvement of any influenza-like sickness with nobody reported symptomatic until date, mentioned the well being ministry.

Members of the family, shut contacts and well being care employees are nonetheless underneath surveillance and none have proven any signs but, mentioned a authorities assertion.

Contact tracing, an lively seek for any symptomatic case has been carried out within the hospital and space the place the case resided, mentioned the ministry.

The federal government mentioned folks in Gurugram had been suggested to report any symptomatic case to the well being authorities however presently there isn’t a symptomatic particular person within the space.

The Animal Husbandry Division has additionally not discovered any suspected instances of fowl flu within the space and has enhanced surveillance in a 10 km zone as a precautionary measure.

All about fowl flu

Avian influenza is brought on by an infection with avian (fowl) influenza (flu) Sort A viruses. These viruses happen naturally amongst wild aquatic birds worldwide and might infect home poultry and different fowl and animal species. Avian flu viruses don’t usually infect people. Nevertheless, sporadic human infections with avian flu viruses (varieties H5, H7 H9) have occurred.

How people are contaminated

Contaminated birds shed avian influenza virus of their saliva, mucous and faeces. Human infections with fowl flu viruses can occur when sufficient virus will get into an individual’s eyes, nostril or mouth, or is inhaled. This will occur when a virus is within the air (in droplets or presumably mud) and an individual breathes it in, or when an individual touches one thing that has virus on it then touches their mouth, eyes or nostril.


Conjunctivitis, influenza-like sickness, typically accompanied by nausea, stomach ache, diarrhoea, shortness of breath, pneumonia, acute respiratory misery, viral pneumonia, altered psychological standing


Keep away from sources of publicity. Most human infections with avian influenza A viruses have occurred following direct or shut contact with contaminated poultry.

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