The first victim of bird flu in India was an 11-year-old boy. This was reported on Wednesday, July 21, by the Times of India newspaper, citing sources at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
According to the newspaper, the child was taken to the institute on July 2 with a high fever and cough.
“We thought he was sick with COVID-19. But, when the tests were negative, further research found that the boy was suffering from an infection caused by the virus “bird” or “chicken” flu, “the source quoted the publication.
It is noted that at present, experts are tracking who was in direct contact with the deceased boy. For example, doctors, nurses and medical workers who treated the boy were advised to isolate themselves and report a sore throat, sneezing and runny nose.
According to the publication, over the past 15 years, India has experienced repeated outbreaks of avian influenza, which mainly affected wild and poultry. However, until this moment, there were no officially recorded human deaths from this disease in the country.
Nevertheless, the expert of the publication noted that bird flu is rare in humans, but if it affects someone, the risk of death is very high.
“Research shows that the mortality rate of people from bird flu is as high as 60%,” a source told the Times of India.
Avian influenza is common in birds but can sometimes be transmitted to humans. It attacks the lungs, nose and throat. It is a respiratory condition and has symptoms similar to those of the common cold. Numerous cases of death of people from this infection have been recorded in the world. At risk are children and the elderly, as well as people suffering from chronic diseases.
Earlier, on July 15, it was reported about the mass death of birds in Primorye on the coast of Boisman Bay. Among the versions of their extinction – bird flu. According to preliminary data, the rhinoceros puffin, or long-billed puffin, is dying.
Prior to that, on June 3, the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Anna Popova, reported that in the current year alone, two influenza viruses of animals, in particular birds, overcame the interspecies barrier and crossed over to humans.
On June 1, China reported the world’s first human case of H10N3 avian influenza. The 41-year-old man felt unwell at the end of April. His condition worsened and he was hospitalized. On the same day, the official representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tarik Yazarevich, said that the organization is assessing the risks of a new strain of avian influenza, first discovered in humans.
On May 22, scientists from China suggested that the composition and history of the mutation of the H5N8 avian influenza virus could lead to another pandemic.