Bird Flu Outbreak In India: Another Case of H9N2 Avian Flu Reported; 7 Signs That You May be Infected

A 4-year-old in Bengaluru was infected with H9N2 bird flu. As per health experts, he recovered after suffering from fever, abdominal cramps and respiratory issues. In this article, we have shared few signs of the new bird flu variant that you should be aware of.

Jun 18, 2024 - 13:30
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Bird Flu Outbreak In India: Another Case of H9N2 Avian Flu Reported; 7 Signs That You May be Infected

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed a case of Avina influenza, commonly known as bird flu, in a four-year-old child from West Bengal, India. This marks the second human infection with a H9N2 strain of bird flu reported in India since 2019. Speaking to the media, health officials have confirmed that the child has now recovered and was discharged from hospital.

Scroll down to learn more about the H9N2 Avian Influenza virus, its types, causes and symptoms in humans.

What is H9N3 Virus?

H9N2 Avian Flu is a branch of the Influenza A virus that primarily targets poultry birds such as chickens and turkeys. It is also capable of affecting humans. In 1992, the first H9N2 cases in humans popped up in Hong Kong and since then the variant has been a kind of bird flu common across regions such as Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

The common symptoms of H9N2 Avian Flu Virus in humans can be:

  • Cough
  • Muscle aches
  • Digestive issues
  • Back Pain
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Fever

How Does H9N5 Virus Spread to Humans?

As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus can spread via “Coming into direct contact with infected birds or their droppings is the primary way H9N2 Avian Flu Variant spreads. It is less common, but technically possible, for it to transmit from human to human, particularly in settings where close contact is prevalent.”

Well, to prevent infection, it’s important to practice good personal hygiene, follow proper food safety guidelines and stay steer clear of sick birds.

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