The government on Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that it has deemed recent cases of H5N8 as being of “low” risk to humans. However, states and Union Territories have been asked to take “abundant caution” regarding the flu spreading from birds to humans, it said.
Minister of State for Health Faggan Singh Kulaste told the Parliament that, “Based on the current knowledge, health risk to human population is considered low for avian influenza sub-type H5N8. But as a matter of abundant caution, the Health Ministry issued an advisory to the states and union territories to minimise bird-human interface, use personal protective equipment by those handling dead or sick birds, keep persons exposed to the birds under surveillance and provide them chemoprophylaxis once daily for 10 days.”
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Singh told the Rajya Sabha that no case of bird flu infections in human beings have been reported so far. He also said that the Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries department have taken all necessary precautions to control the outbreak.