India investigates its first human death from bird flu | health news

Kaleida Health updates visitor guidelines for non-COVID patients

The death from the bird flu virus of the H5N1 strain highlights a potential new risk for the world’s second-most populous nation battling the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 31 million people and killed over 400,000. The boy lived in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of capital New Delhi, and was also suffering from leukaemia and pneumonia, a report by the AFP news agency said on Thursday. India has seen more than half a dozen bird flu outbreaks in poultry in the past 20 years, all of which were brought under control, with no human cases reported in the country previously.

In Haryana, the boy’s home state in India’s north, the Animal Husbandry Department has not found any suspected case of bird flu but has stepped up surveillance, it said. Health workers treating the patient and the boy’s family have been kept in isolation, and authorities have launched contact tracing, the statement said.

Genome sequencing and virus isolation is in process and an epidemiological investigation has been initiated, the health ministry said. The boy was admitted to New Delhi’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences on July 2. He died on Tuesday after a multiorgan failure, a government statement said late on Wednesday.

Two strains of bird flu, H5N1 and H7N9, first found in 2013, led to human contamination in Asia through infected birds. H7N9 has infected 1,668 people and killed 616 since 2013, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. H5N1 first broke out in 1997, then spread between 2003 and 2011, while H7N9 was first detected in 2013.

But cases of transmission between humans are extremely rare. Avian influenza occurs mainly in birds and poultry. In 2008, millions of poultry were culled in India.

The News Highlights

  • India investigates its first human death from bird flu | health news
  • Check the latest Health news updates and information about health.
Disclaimer: If you need to edit or update this news from compsmag then kindly contact us Learn more

For Latest News Follow us on Google News


Latest Headlines
  • Show all
  • Trending News
  • Popular By week
Police: ‘Ghost hunter’ wounded in autumn at Buffalo train station
Police: ‘Ghost hunter’ wounded in autumn at Buffalo train station
The 1920s-era Art Deco structure saw its last passenger train more than 40 years ago. It is a favorite haunt of ghost hunters and the site of authorized ...
Bitcoin mining difficulty increases for the first time since May
Bitcoin mining difficulty increases for the first time since May
See more from Benzinga What’s next: The increasing rate of difficulty reported today indicates more mining machines are back online. The level of ...
End of extra unemployment benefit and hiring companies |  The business
Kim’s sister warns that South Korean-US exercises will rekindle tensions
“I view this as an undesirable prelude which seriously undermines the will of the top leaders of the North and the South wishing to see a step taken toward ...
MLB vets immerse themselves in Jewish heritage, build Israel’s baseball
MLB vets immerse themselves in Jewish heritage, build Israel’s baseball
The small nation of 8 million has boosted its baseball profile because of Peter Kurz, a native New Yorker who has lived in the U.S. and Israel since the ...
YouTube suspends Sky News Australia uploads through COVID-19 disinformation
YouTube suspends Sky News Australia uploads through COVID-19 disinformation
The suspension won’t dramatically damage Sky’s Australian revenue. It’s still rare for YouTube to take that kind of action against a major media network, ...
Gold and Green: Olympic Basketball, NBA Business Intersect
Gold and Green: Olympic Basketball, NBA Business Intersect
That includes Batum, who doesn’t have a contract for next season but insists his only concern is his next game. “It’s not easy, I mean, from the outside, but ...
Lordstown Motors takes on 'Voltage Valley' on a wild trip after financial uncertainty reveals
BlockFi Faces Regulatory Heat, a Sign of Possible Loan Encryption Regulations?
In a statement published on the company’s website, BlockFi CEO Zac Prince assured customers that the firm was continuing its dialog with regulators. Prince ...
Wood County Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Stimulus Money
Wood County Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Stimulus Money
It is seeking legal advice on other projects, and is interviewing candidates for a financial advisor. Wood County has already made plans for a multi-purpose ...
Vaccine approvals in Europe reveal some pockets of resistance
Vaccine approvals in Europe reveal some pockets of resistance
The looming requirement is working, with vaccination requests booming in both countries. Still, there are pockets of resistance by those who see it as a ...
Julio Jones Denies Allegations of Fraud, Money Laundering
Julio Jones Denies Allegations of Fraud, Money Laundering
The lawsuit alleges Jones, White and multiple other defendants have sold $3 million per month of cannabis products on the black market since March, and that ...
Show next
Compsmag - Latest News from tech, business and health
Logo