New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) As many as 41 per cent of surveyed Delhi households say that they have one or more members who are currently down with flu-like symptoms.The findings of the survey by Local Circles also indicate that 22 per cent of Delhi households are fully impacted with it, which means all members are having such symptoms while 19 per cent have only 1 member so far and it is likely that more members may develop symptoms in the days to come. However, 59 per cent of citizens have indicated that they do not have anyone in their households with the flu-like symptoms, the survey said. Many Delhi residents in the last 7 days have reported that one or more members in their family are struggling with Covid-like symptoms i.e. fever, runny nose, fatigue. Many are also getting a RT-PCR test done only to find later post doctor consultation that they are Covid-negative and had gotten under the influence of some kind of viral infection or seasonal flu. Doctors across hospitals are saying that 80 per cent of such cases were seasonal flu and 20 per cent were of Swine Flu. The Covid-19 test positivity rate in the national capital is currently less than 0.1 per cent. Residents of NCR cities i.e., Noida, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, and Faridabad have also reported rising instances of similar Covid-like symptoms. --IANSsan/vd
London, Aug 16 (IANS) Covid-19 and flu vaccines could eventually be mixed into one injection to save time and make future booster programmes more convenient, says a vaccine producer in the UK.Vaccine Manufacturing and Innovation Centre (VMIC) CEO Matthew Duchars said that the facility is looking at combining the two for future roll-outs."It will save a lot of time and it would be a lot more convenient to just give one shot, so it is something that we and vaccine developers and producers will be looking at," Duchars was quoted as saying by The Telegraph."Let's say we do need to give a seasonal vaccine, and people need one shot for flu, and one shot for Covid and another for something else... If you can put them all into one, then that's obviously preferable," he added.As per the report, the Oxford-based VMIC was announced in 2018 as the UK's first-ever vaccine-making hub and was due to open in 2022.The government said at the time it would invest 66 million euros in the centre, but it had been granted 215 million euros in funding by March and was fast-tracked to help in the fight against Covid-19.It was founded by the University of Oxford, the Imperial College London, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the report said.Once up and running, the VMCI will churn out 70 million doses in as little as four months -- nearly 600,000 doses a day, it added.--IANSvc/vd
Thiruvananthapuram, July 23 (IANS) Bird flu has been reported from a poultry farm at Koorachundu in Kerala's Kozhikode district, official sources said on Friday.Around 300 poultry birds at the farm was reported to have died on Tuesday.Following this, local authorities decided to send the samples for further testing and when the reports arrived from a laboratory, it was found out that the cause was bird flu.It was decided to immediately close down all poultry farms in a 10 sq km radius of the said locality, from which bird flu was reported.Meanwhile the authorities are now waiting for the test results from the NIHSAD, Bhopal.Officials, however, have said there need be no reason for any panic, as all the required precautionary steps to be taken have commenced and things are well under control.--IANSsg/vd
Gurugram, July 23 (IANS) After the first fatal bird flu case was reported from Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences that came from Gurugram's Chakkarpur village, the Health and the Animal Husbandry departments here have swung into action and launched a survey as a precautionary measure.Nearly 28 teams have been constituted in the district to check all poultry farms.The survey is being conducted in a 10-km radius around Chakkarpur village. People are being made aware of the symptoms of bird flu.Punita Gehlawat, Deputy Director, Animal Husbandry Department, said the 11-year-old child who died at AIIMS was a resident of Chakkarpur village in Gurugram. After AIIMS Delhi confirmed the child suffered from bird flu the surveys in Chakkarpur village and the surrounding areas was launched immediately."The poultry farms in the district are also being continuously checked by the Animal Husbandry department. At present, there are about 20 poultry farms in the district. Teams have been formed for checking them. Seventeen teams are working separately for the survey in Chakkarpur village and the surrounding 10-km radius. Apart from this, 28 teams have been constituted to check all poultry farms in the district," she added."H5N1 is the most common form of bird flu. The recent death of the 11-year-old kid has people panicking. Deadly to birds and can easily affect humans and other animals that come in contact with a carrier. Currently, the virus is not known to spread from humans through human contact, but H5N1 may pose a risk of becoming a pandemic threat to humans. Please monitor your symptoms if you have been in close contact with birds or a flock of birds are dying in your area," said Manjeeta Nath Das, Consultant -- Internal Medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Palam Vihar, Gurugram.Appealing to the general public, Gurugram Deputy Commissioner Yash Garg said the information about sick or dead birds should be given to the Animal Husbandry department immediately."There is no harm in eating well-cooked chicken or eggs as according to experts the virus gets destroyed at 70-degree temperature. The administration has also issued an advisory for poultry farmers and people associated with poultry business," Garg added.--IANSstr/khz/in
The medical experts said the report of a human death from H5N1 is alarming and needs to be examined thoroughly for its origin and variants and immediate measures need to be taken.
A senior doctor in AIIMS, however, said, "There is no other patient infected with Avian Influenza in AIIMS."
Senior doctors said that there is a possibility of several cases of Bird Flu but the mortality rate so far is very low. It also depends on the variant as different strains of the virus have a different impact on the human body.
"There is a possibility of having some cases of Bird Flu in Delhi also, but it is the first time such a serious thing has emerged. The death of a human is absolutely alarming for public health and it needs to be taken seriously," said Dr. B L Sherwal, medical director of Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital.
"This case needs to be examined very carefully so that its origin can be traced and examined in a genome sequencing lab to find out more about it. We need to know whether it has come from chicken or wild bird," Sherwal added.
According to medical experts, avian influenza (H5N1) or H5N8 is commonly called Bird Flu though many other strains are prevalent. It spreads through droppings, saliva and secretions of birds.
"Virus enters the human body by inhalation or through the nose, mouth or eyes. Whenever a person touches his mouth or nose with dirty hands, there is a chance of infection. Bird Flu is a contagious respiratory illness and the symptoms are the same as the common cold. However, the disease severity varies from mild illness to severe disease. Mortality from bird flu can be as high as 60 per cent," said Dr Neetu Jain, PSRI Hospital.
Jain said mostly people working with poultry get affected by Bird Flu. People should avoid coming in contact with infected poultry directly, they should avoid consuming undercooked chicken and eggs.
She said that people who are in regular touch with birds should get a yearly flu vaccine shot. "It will not prevent bird flu but can reduce the risk of co-infection with other flu viruses," Jain added.
According to AIIMS, the boy, who died there on Tuesday, was infected with the H5N1 virus and belonged to Haryana. He was admitted on July 2 with pneumonia and leukaemia.
A senior doctor in AIIMS informed that a team from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has been sent to the boy's village in Haryana to check for more H5N1 cases and carry out contact tracing.
Earlier this year thousands of wild birds were found dead and tens of thousands of poultry were culled after a massive wave of bird flu cases swept several states, including Haryana.
Several of the infections, however, were from a different strain of the virus - H5N8 - which experts say is less dangerous to humans.
IANS also tried to find out about bird flu cases in the national capital. However, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain was yet to reply on it.
New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) India on Tuesday reported its first bird flu death as an 11-year-old boy, who was undergoing treatment at AIIMS for it, succumbed to the disease.A senior All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) official said that the boy, who was infected with avian influenza, has died, and the entire staff concerned has been placed in isolation as a preventive measure.As per reports, bird flu outbreaks were reported across the country earlier this year, including in Haryana where the H5N8 subtype -- which is not known to infect humans -- was detected.After the bird flu outbreaks, the Central government sounded an alert as cases were confirmed in Delhi also.A sample collected from the Red Fort had tested positive for bird flu in January. The Delhi government had then ordered the closure of the Ghazipur poultry market.More samples collected from the Delhi zoo had returned positive in February.According to the World Health Organisation, human cases of bird flu occur "occasionally" but when they do happen, the mortality rate is about 60 per cent.--IANSpd/vd