21,000 birds dead due to bird flu in Chhattisgarh, India #BirdFlu #Chhattisgarh #India
A poultry farm in Chhattisgarh has reported an outbreak of the highly contagious H5N1 bird flu virus, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday, citing a report from Ministry of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry.
The virus killed 5,634 out of 21,060 birds on the farm in Baikunthpur and all of the remaining birds were slaughtered, the Paris-based OIE said in a website alert.
H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or “bird flu”). Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person. When people do become infected, the mortality rate is about 60 per cent.
Almost all cases of H5N1 infection in people have been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds, or H5N1-contaminated environments. The virus does not infect humans easily, and spread from person to person appears to be unusual. There is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly prepared and thoroughly cooked food.
Courtesy of indiatoday.in