Bird flu ‘H5N1’ has started appearing in poultry farms in different parts of Nepal.
Although the H5N1 virus is not easily transmitted from person to person, those who come in direct contact with infected birds are at high risk.
According to the Ministry of Health and Population, some of the symptoms seen in a person infected with bird flu are:
– Shortness of breath
– Sore throat
– Abdominal and muscle aches
Prevention and control of bird flu:
– Always keep the cages clean.
– Disinfect these cages from time to time. Wear masks, boots, and gloves for personal protection while cleaning the cages, and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after cleaning the cages or after coming in contact with birds.
In case of infection, it is important to contact a doctor or health worker.
Infected people should stay in isolation and use their elbows, handkerchiefs, or tissue paper while coughing and sneezing .
Infected people should not be touching their eyes, nose, and mouth. The ministry also said that it would be necessary to manage the used tissue paper in a proper place.