Bengaluru Bird flu case: In a move to prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus, as many as 900 fowl were culled in Bengaluru after a chicken was detected with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, reports The Health Site. According to the report, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Joint Commissioner S. Nagaraju told news agency IANS that on December 29, a chicken was found dead at a chicken shop in Dasarahalli area of the city after which the dead bird was sent for a lab test to confirm the presence H5N1 avian influenza virus. The samples were sent to the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal and had tested positive. The report said that after getting orders from the Animal Husbandry department, a total of 900 birds have been culled so far in order to prevent the outbreak of the disease. The report also added that H5N1 virus could be spread through saliva, mucus and faeces of the infected bird. The virus can cause fever, diarrhea, respiratory illnesses in the affected people.
The report added that the Animal Husbandry department had declared the area of 1 km radius from where the dead bird was found as “infected zone” and the area of radius 10 km as the “surveillance zone”. The Animal Husbandry department has also ordered the closing of meat shops in the infected region. Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Rajkumar Khatri said, “Meat-selling outlets within 1 km radius from the site where the infected bird was found have all been sealed and we are also inspecting the area in a 10 km radius for any possible virus-infected birds.” Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Rajkumar Khatri said that authorities have also put a check on the sale of eggs in Dasarahalli to prevent the spread of the virus.
According to PTI, earlier on January 5, “On the directions of the Centre, the Karnataka government has notified the outbreak and initiated the control and containment operations.”
A central team of two experts has been deputed to Bengaluru for overseeing the operation and to assist the state government.
Bird flu is a viral infection that primarily infects birds, including chicken, other poultry, and wild birds such as ducks.
What is bird flu?
This is a type of influenza or viral infection that can infect not only birds but also other animals and humans. H5N1 is the most common form of bird flu. It’s deadly to birds and can easily affect humans and other animals that come in contact with a carrier.
Symptoms in humans
Symptoms of H5N1 infection may include fever, malaise, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, abdominal pain, chest pain and diarrhoea.