An 11-year-old child admitted to AIIMS Delhi has died of H5N1 avian influenza. This is the first case of death due to the influenza virus in India this year. According to the information, all the employees who came in contact with the child have been kept in isolation. The child was admitted to AIIMS on July 2. Bird flu was also caused by H5N1 avian influenza.
Avian influenza virus occurs mainly in birds and is highly contagious. HPAI Asian H5N1 is particularly deadly to poultry. This virus was first detected in 1996 in Geese in China. Asian H5N1 was first detected in humans in 1997 during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong and has since been detected in poultry and wild birds in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Six countries are known to be endemic for the H5N1 virus in poultry (Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Vietnam).