News: Kerala was placed on high alert after an outbreak of bird flu was confirmed in Kottayam and Alappuzha districts.
Source: The Hindu
- Bird Flu: It refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza(flu) Type A viruses.These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.
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- Can it infect Humans? It can occasionally infect humans as well, although human-to-human transmission is unusual.
- How does it spread to Humans? By close contact with a) Infected Poultry b) Pigs and c) Surfaces Contaminated by Infected Birds and their droppings.
- Common Symptoms of Bird Flu in Humans: Fever, Sore Throat, Cough, Muscle Aches, Difficulty in Breathing, Pneumonia, Pain in abdomen, diarrhoea among others.