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A month after India declared itself free of Avian Influenza (H5N1), the bird flu panic start to set in again, followed by the deaths of several “local migratory” water birds at the Delhi Zoo and south Delhi’s Deer Park.

Here is what you need to know about the Bird Flu

What is Avian Influenza?

It is commonly known as the bird flu, and it usually spreads from one bird to another but sometimes it can also spread from birds to humans. In humans transmission takes place mostly after intimate and constant Physical contact, and that too is very rare.

The last outbreak among poultry was in Karnataka this May, 33,000 birds had to be culled. There is no vaccine against H5N1.

There is no evidence, which can prove that this disease spreads to people through properly cooked food, even though “controlling the disease in animals is the first step in decreasing risks to humans”, says WHO.

Symptoms of the disease

In humans, the symptoms are similar to seasonal flu — fever, bodyache, sore throat, runny nose, headache, fatigue, etc.

It can also lead to respiratory distress.

Effect of Bird Flu in Delhi

Delhi’s National Zoological Park was shut down Tuesday after the deaths of nine water birds from Avian Influenza.

Incidentally, migratory water ducks are the commonest carriers of bird flu.

When did India become bird flu-free?

The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare declared India free from Avian Influenza (H5N1) from September 5, 2016.

India had notified an outbreak of Avian Influenza (H5N1) on May 9, 2016, at Humnabad in Karnataka, after which there has been no further outbreak reported in the country.

Is it safe to Eat Chicken or Eggs

If the food is well cooked then you don’t need to worry.