Four-year-old Child Infected with H9N2 Virus, WHO Confirms Human Bird Flu in West Bengal

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WHO confirms a case of H9N2 avian flu in a 4-year-old child from West Bengal. The child was exposed to chickens at home and was discharged after three months of therapy. On June 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a four-year-old child in West Bengal contracted the H9N2 bird flu virus.

The infant was admitted to a local hospital’s paediatric urgent care unit (ICU) in February with severe respiratory difficulties, a high fever, and abdominal cramping, according to the report. Following three months of diagnosis and therapy, the patient was released.

The patient was exposed to poultry at home and in his surroundings, and no one in his family or other contacts had reported respiratory sickness symptoms, according to the agency. The WHO said that no information on vaccination status or antiviral treatment details were available at the time of reporting.

According to the WHO, the infant was exposed to poultry both at home and in the surrounding area. According to the research, family members and other close contacts did not exhibit any respiratory sickness symptoms. Details about the child’s immunization status and antiviral therapy were unavailable at the time of reporting.

This is the second reported human case of H9N2 avian flu in India; the first occurred in 2019.
Although the H9N2 virus normally produces a minor illness, the WHO warned that additional rare human cases could arise. The virus is still widespread among chickens in many places.
The Indian health ministry did not respond immediately during the late hours.

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