IS AVIAN INFLUENZA VIRUS ADDING TO CHINA’S nCoV EPIDEMIC

With one outbreak after another, the Chinese are reeling under pressure. While the Coronavirus epidemic is still at large and uncontrolled, the country reports the outbreak of H5N1bird flu. 45,000 chickens are dead and thousands have been culled to contain the disease.

H5N1 is a worrisome detection since it has the ability to transmit to humans. This highly pathogenic flu was detected on a farm in Shaoyang city, Hunan. Hunan is right next to Hubei where the Corona Virus outbreak is currently is taking lives.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs have confirmed that as of now no bird to human transmission has been found.

The H5N1 influenza virus is also called avian influenza. This also causes serious respiratory problems.

Avian influenza occurs in birds as well as in humans. A highly contagious ailment, this outbreak in China is timed ominously to coincide with nCoV.

Some Facts about N5H1 or Avian influenza

  • Compared to SARS and nCoV, Avian influenza has low transmission possibility in-between humans or bird to human
  • Mortality rate in humans is fifty times more than that of SARS or Corona Virus
  • China has been affected by Avian influenza in the past too.
  • Fifty-three cases of humans infected by bird flu or avian influenza have been reported in China in the last sixteen years
  • Worldwide there have been eight hundred and sixty-one

(8 61) confirmed cases as per WHO

  • Four fifty-five (455) amongst them have been dead.

The world is panicking right now as China dishes out fatal epidemic dosage.

Here is a quick look at what Avian influenza virus is 

It is a disease that is caused by a Type A virus called the avian influenza. These occur naturally in aquatic birds and are transmissible to poultry or other domestic birds.

As a matter of fact, though avian viruses do not infect humans, there have been cases to defy this theory. This virus was first discovered in 1997.

Symptoms that you might have contracted the virus:

  • Muscle ache
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Malaise
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat

With so much going on in China has to deal with one more epidemic it will need more hands-on-deck than they have.