Press Esc to close
Friday 26 May 2017
News updated at 12:50 PM IST

Hygiene matters, say doctors

Poornima Nataraj, Nov 4, 2012 1:22 IST

Avian influenza (H5N1) has caused quite a stir among Bangaloreans. So much so, many have shunned poultry products, including chicken and eggs. But well-cooked or boiled poultry products are safe for consumption.

When it comes to eggs, doctors, however, advise that the shells be washed thoroughly, as faecal matter sometimes sticks to the covering.

Although elaborate measures had been taken to contain the infection within the Central Poultry Development Organisation (CPDO) at Hesaraghatta, the epicentre of the infection, poultry products were banned at many places in Bangalore. The fear had many refrain from buying or eating poultry products, resulting in losses to several big establishments for a few days.

Dr M Seenappa, former Unicef programme officer, says that although there is no known case of a person suffering from avian influenza in India, apparently a veterinary doctor in Punjab had died of the disease.

“A veterinarian working during the bird flu epidemic a few years ago had contracted the virus and died. Since his samples were not collected, the reason for his death could not be established,” he said.

Seenappa points out that cases of humans contracting avian influenza have been reported only in Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, as people and poultry live together in these countries.

Avian influenza is like common cold. Many a time, it may have affected a person, but he/she would have recovered from the infection. Although there have been deaths due to bird flu, it is mainly because of complications in infection and neglecting the line of treatment for the flu, which has caused death, added Seenappa.

According to him, unlike H1N1 influenza, which can easily spread from person to person even with a handshake, a person has to constantly be exposed to H5N1 virus for a longer time to get infected. Those under this category are poultry workers exposed to chicken and eggs for hours inside a farm.

The virus normally spreads through bird excreta and affects lung tissues. With prompt diagnoses and administration of antiviral drug Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or Zanamivir (Relenza), a patient can be cured.

The bottom line: Don’t fear. Take precautionary measures and spread awareness about the flu.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R-L), former US President Barack Obama and Heinrich...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R-L), former US President Barack Obama and Heinrich...

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj greeting Indian woman Uzma at Jawahar Bhawan after she...

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj greeting Indian woman Uzma at Jawahar Bhawan after she...

Police officials stand by the wreckage of the Sikorsky VT-CMM helicopter, carrying Maharashtra...

Police officials stand by the wreckage of the Sikorsky VT-CMM helicopter, carrying Maharashtra...

Supporters of Indias Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) try to break a police barricade during...

Supporters of Indias Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) try to break a police barricade during...

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) smashes an overturned car during a protest against...

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) smashes an overturned car during a protest against...

Members of Sadou Asom Nirman Sramik Union under the banner of CITU staging a protest...

Members of Sadou Asom Nirman Sramik Union under the banner of CITU staging a protest...

Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) refugees shouting slogans during a protest for their various...

Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) refugees shouting slogans during a protest for their various...

Activists of All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) taking out a protest rally against an alleged fake...

Activists of All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) taking out a protest rally against an alleged fake...

NCC cadets of Jammu and Kashmir unit raising patriotic slogans after performing drills during...

NCC cadets of Jammu and Kashmir unit raising patriotic slogans after performing drills during...

Relatives and villagers attending the funeral of eight activists who had lost their lives...

Relatives and villagers attending the funeral of eight activists who had lost their lives...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.