India probes its first human death from bird flu – Al Jazeera English

An eleven-year-old boy’s demise highlights a brand new threat for the world’s second-most populous nation battling the coronavirus pandemic.

India is investigating its first documented human demise from chook flu after an 11-year-old boy succumbed to the illness earlier this month, says the well being ministry.

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 authorities assertion mentioned late on Wednesday.

Health staff treating the affected person and the boy’s household have been saved in isolation, and authorities have launched contact tracing, the assertion mentioned.

In Haryana, the boy’s residence state in India’s north, the Animal Husbandry Division has not discovered any suspected case of chook flu however has stepped up surveillance, it mentioned.

Genome sequencing and virus isolation is in course of and an epidemiological investigation has been initiated, the well being ministry mentioned.

The boy lived in Gurgaon, on the outskirts of capital New Delhi, and was additionally affected by leukaemia and pneumonia, a report by the AFP information company mentioned on Thursday.

The demise from the chook flu virus of the H5N1 pressure highlights a possible new threat for the world’s second-most populous nation battling the coronavirus pandemic, which has contaminated greater than 31 million individuals and killed over 400,000.

India has seen greater than half a dozen chook flu outbreaks in poultry up to now 20 years, all of which have been introduced below management, with no human circumstances reported within the nation beforehand.

Avian influenza happens primarily in birds and poultry. In 2008, hundreds of thousands of poultry have been culled in India.

However circumstances of transmission between people are extraordinarily uncommon.

H5N1 first broke out in 1997, then unfold between 2003 and 2011, whereas H7N9 was first detected in 2013.

Two strains of chook flu, H5N1 and H7N9, first present in 2013, led to human contamination in Asia by way of contaminated birds.

H7N9 has contaminated 1,668 individuals and killed 616 since 2013, in keeping with the United Nations’ Meals and Agriculture Group.

Within the Indian case, the ministry mentioned, the virus belonged to the H5Nx subtype, thought of worrying as they’ve confirmed to evolve into extremely harmful strains.

Final month, China revealed its first human case of chook flu and in February, Russia detected the illness amongst staff at a poultry manufacturing facility.

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