Bird flu becomes fatal, virus reaches children too, WHO warns- keep an eye on these 2 symptoms

Ananya Shroff
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Bird flu becomes fatal, virus reaches children too, WHO warns- keep an eye on these 2 symptoms


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These symptoms of H9N2 were seen in the child

According to the report, the child was admitted to the pediatric ICU of a local hospital in February due to severe breathing problems, high fever and abdominal pain. The child was discharged from the hospital after three months of treatment.

How did the infection occur and who did they come in contact with?

WHO said the child had come in contact with chickens in and around the house. The report further said that no symptoms of respiratory illness were observed in family members and others.

Eggs and chickens are being destroyed

Many countries are destroying eggs and chickens to prevent the spread of the avian influenza virus, as another deadly variant of the virus, H7N3, has been discovered.

What is H9N2 virus?

H9N2 is a subtype of influenza A virus. This virus can cause bird flu in birds as well as influenza (flu) in humans. The H9N2 virus was first detected in turkeys in Wisconsin, USA in 1966.

Where is this virus found?

The H9N2 virus is found in wild birds around the world. It is also found in chickens in many areas. Cases of infection in humans with H9N2 viruses are rare. But because of the mild symptoms, it is possible that many cases go unreported.

Is the H9N2 virus dangerous?

According to the WHO, influenza viruses circulating in chickens can occasionally cause mild infections and cases of flu in small groups of people through contact with infected birds or the environment. The H9N2 virus could play an important role in a major flu pandemic in the future.

Disclaimer: This article is for general information only. It cannot in any way be a substitute for any medicine or treatment. Always consult your doctor for more information.

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