A recent report confirmed the presence of avian influenza among the
birds housed at Central Poultry Development Organisation &
Training Institute (CPDOTI) in Hesaraghatta.
This news has certainly
sent jitters in the society by raising fears that there can be an
outbreak of the same among birds in the time to come.
However, the team at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL)
in Bhopal has not been able to track down if the virus which affected
the CPDOTI birds is a mutation or not. It is yet not clear if it can
affect humans and if yes, then how?.
Basically, there are three types of
viruses that cause avian flu -- H5, H7 and H9, and it is believed that
among these three, H5 is the most infectious, which has the tendency to
affect humans too.
However, uncertainty if the virus is the basic H5N1 virus, the deadly
mutated H5N1-220.127.116.11 virus, or a deadlier mutation than that remains
intact in Bangalore or at HSADL in Bhopal.
There is yet no confirmation from CPDOTI scientists about how they are
going to deal with the same, but experts at HSADL claimed that they
would keep on investigating in order to nail it down. "And it could turn
disastrous if the virus that has attacked the birds now is a further
mutated one", said one from the team.