The rising death toll of birds has alarmed people across the National Capital Region. There has been lot of speculation and fear among people about the bird flu/avian flu and extent of the impact of the disease on human beings.
More than 60 birds have died in New Delhi due to bird flu, taking the total deaths of migratory birds from the disease to 64, Delhi Animal Husbandry Minister Gopal Rai said. The disease have till now killed birds at the Delhi Zoo and Hauz Khas deer park mainly, however recently few deaths were reported from a lake behind Shakti Sthal, the memorial to Indira Gandhi, Rai added.
According to a PTI report, the Delhi government on Saturday had ruled out any threat to human beings due to the bird flu saying the H5N8 strain found in three samples was “less infective”.
Both the central and UT governments have started monitoring the situation and is very vigilant about its spread. Rai on Monday met the coordination committee in the Delhi Secretariat to consider further action on checking the spread of H5N8 influenza virus. He ordered all government departments to spread “chuna” (lime powder) around every water body. Anti-virus Sodium Hypochlorite will also be sprayed around all water bodies where birds gather.
As the government is doing their bit to stop the spread of the disease we enquired about measure and symptoms to help you prepare to deal with the current scenario.
Here are guidelines and advisory, a combination of those issued by the Delhi government and Dr Raman Abhi, AD, Internal Medicine, Fortis Memorial Research Institute.
People can suffer from mild flu-like symptoms to a severe respiratory disease in the form of pneumonia, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), MODS (sudden and severe onset of cough, cold, high fever, shortness of breath).
If situation aggravates, this could even lead to multi-organ failure, rhadomyolysis and acute kidney injury.
Please remember that the infection has a high mortality rate.
The treatment course is very similar to that of Swine Flu. One must avoid self-medication, home remedies and immediately consult a doctor.
Nose and mouth swab for rPCR.
Avoid direct contact with bird secretions
Clean all feeders, waterers, cages used for birds with detergents. Dispose properly all the slaughtered wastes.
Please don’t touch dead birds with naked hands and inform the Control Room (011-23890318) for further action.
Wash hands frequently at the time of dealing with raw poultry products. Take due care of personal hygiene. Maintain cleanliness in your surroundings.
Always use a mask and gloves at the time of dealing with raw chicken/chicken products.
Eat only completely cooked meat and meat products (100 degrees Celsius).
In case there is any pond or stagnant water body in your neighbourhood/area, and it is not being disinfected with lime, etc., then inform the Control Room.
Do not consume uncooked chicken/eggs.
Do not consume half-cooked chicken/bird or half boiled or half fried eggs.
Prevent exposure from sick-looking (sluggish) chicken.
While storing meat, even in the fridge, do not keep raw meat near the cooked meat.
As it is said, prevention is better than cure, this simple to-do list would help you to take all the measures to stay healthy and fit.