Kerala govt rules out chances of bird flu spreading to humans

Kerala government confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza of H5N8 among ducks in water-logged Kuttanad in Alappuzha district, but allied apprehension that the disease would spread to humans.

Forest and Animal Husbandry Minister K. Raju said preliminary examination of the samples confirmed the affliction and nearly 1,500 infected ducks had been culled in the region.

Effective steps have been taken to monitor the situation and movement of ducks restricted in the region to check the further spread of the disease, he said.

“Preliminary examinations have confirmed the outbreak of H5N8 virus, an influenza A virus sub-type, in Kuttanad region. But, it is not fatal and will not spread to human beings,” Raju said.

However, the government was viewing the issue with utmost seriousness and steps had been taken to contain the situation, he said.

“Control rooms have been opened and 20 task force teams, led by doctors, deployed in the affected areas to monitor the situation,” he said.

(Agencies)

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