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1st Human Case Of ‘Bird Flu’ Reported In Australia

1st Human Case Of ‘Bird Flu’ Reported In Australia:

A child who came back to Victoria from India in March was the first person in Australia to get the H5N1 bird flu.

  • The child had a serious sickness, but now fully better. Victoria’s chief health officer confirmed that there have been no more cases tied to this incident.
  • This shows how rare it is for this strain to be passed from person to person.
  • Avian influenza, also called “bird flu,” is a very contagious virus that affects many types of birds, both wild and tame.
  • It mostly spreads through direct touch or places that are contaminated with germs.
  • People can get infected with the H5N1 type and get very sick from it, but this doesn’t happen very often.
  • Other strains, like H7N7, which is more common in Australia, have mostly harmed poultry.
  • The H7N7 strain was found at an egg farm in Victoria, which is different from the H5N1 type found in the child.
  • After this was found, Agriculture Victoria started checking right away and putting farms within 5 km of the affected farm under quarantine.
  • As part of the quick reaction, animals that are infected with the virus will be killed to stop the outbreak from spreading.