Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nepal-#H5N1 not reported in humans #birdflu

Amid fear of possible symptoms of bird flu in humans, health officials on Wednesday said the threat of the flu in humans is almost over. It has been eight days and no influenza like symptoms (ILS) have been reported, Narayan Ghimire, senior veterinary doctor at Veterinary Epidemiology Centre, said.
The centre, after confirming bird flu (H5N1virus) outbreak at a small-scale poultry farm, had slaughtered over 300 chickens and ducks on November 29 at Madhyapur Thimi Municipality in Bhaktapur district. Following the cull, there had been speculations about the possible transmission of the virus into humans.
Keeping this in mind, the government on December 1 had formed a seven-member Rapid Response Team that kept people in the outbreak area under surveillance for 8 days. Also the Cabinet on December 2 had declared the western area of Lokanthali, the Manahara bridge area and slums adjoining the bridge a ‘bird-flu emergency zone.
“If anyone has fear of developing bird flu like symptoms or chickens die en masse, people can call us at 01-4261165 and our toll-free number 16600142669,” Ghimire said. The symptoms of the disease include high fever, cough, sore throat, muscle ache and difficulty in breathing.
Posted on: 2011-12-08 09:08

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