Avian Influenza in Bangalore
There is a fear of outbreak of Bird Flu or Avian Influenza in Bangalore. So far only one chicken has been found positive and that is in Dasarahalli, near Yelahanka. All chicken shops in Dasarahalli area are closed now to prevent spread of the H5N1 Avian Influenza virus and measures are being taken to kill and demolish all chicken in the stalls of this area.
In Bangalore K.R. Market and Shivaji Nagar are the prime wholesale dealers of Chicken. Animal husbandry officials have started seraching these areas to find out more details about the outbreak and also for testing chicken there. The officials has also collected chicken samples and sent to National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases, Bhopal for further studies. Officials are also trying to trim down any panic situation that might arise due to an outbreak of bird flu in Bangalore.
The Dasarahalli Chicken stall where the Avian Influenza H5N1 virus was found has been confirmed to bring in chicken from Tamil Nadu. Officials are also trying to figure out the exact place from where the chickens are brought in.
More on Avian Influenza, Bird Flu, H5N1
Flu stands for influenza, a viral infection caused by the influenza virus. Depending on minor impacts on the genetic make up of this virus, the influenza virus is of type A, B and C. The current outbreak is caused by a subtype of influenza A, called H5N1.
People can catch bird flu straight through intimate contact with live infected birds. It may also spread through contact with surfaces such as bird cages contaminated with secretions or excretions of infected birds. This produces the men and women working with infected cows the most in danger. Additionally infected birds transmit the virus to fit birds in precisely the exact same manner. However, individual to person transmission hasn’t yet been reported.
However, physicians say there is not any reason to be worried about the odds of bird flu infecting an individual is quite remote. This is since the receptors of this H5N1 virus aren’t found in the upper respiratory tract because in Influenza ‘A’ H1N1 (swine flu).