The Corona crisis has not averted from the country that the disease called bird flu has caused panic in the minds of people. The disease has been confirmed in Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala.
The disease is caused by the influenza type-A H5N1 virus. According to a WHO report, the death rate among people infected with H5N1 is about 60 percent. This means that the mortality rate of this disease is higher than the coronavirus. Let us tell you what to do and what not to do to avoid this.
To avoid the danger of H5N1 virus, we should not come in direct contact with birds. After the birds of the domestic poultry farm become infected, the chances of spreading it among humans increases greatly. This disease can also spread to humans through secretions from birds’ feces, saliva, nose-mouth or eyes.
Clean the tanks, railings or cages placed on the roof with detergent. Carefully clean feathers or waste spread on bird faeces or related places. Do not clothe birds with open arms, keep a certain distance from them. A bird infected with H5N1 can release the virus through faeces or saliva for about 10 days.
After buying chicken from the shop, while washing it, definitely wear gloves on hands and mouth. Raw meat or egg can also infect a human being. You can also get vulnerable to the virus through a corrupted surface. So avoid touching anything or surface on poultry farms or shops. After touching anything, immediately sanitize the hands.
Cook the chicken at a temperature of around 100 degrees Celsius. Do not make the mistake of eating raw meat or egg. According to health experts, this virus is sensitive to heat and is destroyed in cooking temperature. Raw meat or eggs should be kept separate from other food items.
Stay away from the people working in the poultry farm and avoid going to the affected areas. Do not go close to healthcare workers. Keep a certain distance from any infected person in the house. Avoid going to the open air market and take special care of things like hygiene-handwash.
You have often seen people going to the gym eating Half Boil or Half Fried Eggs. To prevent bird flu, change this habit immediately. Eating undercooked chicken or eggs can make you sick.
Avoid buying chicken meat at chicken shop or poultry farm, which looks weak and sick. This bird can also be infected with the H5N1 virus. Take complete precaution when buying chicken. Buy only clean chicken.
The symptoms of bird flu are very similar to the symptoms of flu. If you are prone to H5N1 infection, you may have cough, diarrhea, respiratory problems, fever, headache, muscle aches, restlessness, runny nose or sore throat.