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While the swine flu hasn't give up, yet another type of flu has started making headlines. The state of Uttar Pradesh has reported the death of 350 birds, including chicken and ducks, on March 6-7. The state government has raised a bird flu alert following an outbreak of avian influenza in Amethi. (Read: Bird flu alert: Import of poultry products banned in UP)
All divisional commissioners and district magistrates have been directed to initiate preventive measures in their areas to minimise possible adverse effects of bird flu. An expert team has issued a warning after confirming that the birds died due to a mystery disease, owing to a highly pathogenic avian influenza. The incident occurred in the villages of Chandgarh and Sare Ka Purwa in Shukulbazaa area. (Read: Bird flu in Kerala: State on high alert for spread of H5N1 avian influenza)
'DMs should form a joint team comprising representatives of health, animal husbandry, panchayati raj and urban planning departments so that an action plan for containing the disease could be rolled out,' the alert said. The Chief Secretary also directed effective surveillance of poultry farms, particularly those near water bodies.
Districts along Nepal and Bihar borders have been asked to furnish a daily report of action taken to curb avian influenza. The outbreak of bird flu cases came at a time when the state is battling with swine flu, which is raging in 35 districts and has so far claimed 17 lives.The maximum number of 898 H1N1 cases have been reported from Lucknow till yesterday.
To prevent bird flu from spreading to humans, one should be aware of its symptoms and general precautionary measures.
Bird Flu symptoms
They can vary from person to person but the infection begins with normal flu like signs such as cough, fever, headache, runny nose, breathing difficulties, diarrhea and muscle ache. Sneezing, sore throat, loss of appetite and insomnia are other symptoms that are commonly observed.
With the progression of the disease, the infected person may suffer from complications like pneumonia. Respiratory failure. where the lungs cannot provide enough oxygen to the rest of the body, is also one of the complications. Multiple organ failure is another fatal complication that is seen.
How are humans infected?
The incidence of human to human transmission of the virus is less as compared to other human flu viruses, but precautions should be taken to prevent the infection.
General precautions one should take to prevent transmission of the virus include -
With inputs from PTI
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