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WHO confirms case of bird flu in child in India

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday (11) that a case of human infection with bird flu caused by the H9N2 virus was detected in a four-year-old child in a state in eastern India.

The patient was admitted to the pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a hospital due to severe and persistent respiratory problems, high fever and abdominal cramps in February.

The child was discharged three months later after diagnosis and treatment, according to the WHO.

The patient had exposure to birds in and around the home. There were no people reporting symptoms of respiratory illness among the child’s family or other acquaintances, the agency said.

Information on vaccination status and details of antiviral treatment were not available at the time of reporting, the WHO added.

This is the second human H9N2 bird flu infection in India. The first took place in 2019.

Although the H9N2 virus normally causes mild illnesses, the UN agency said that more sporadic human cases could occur, as this virus is one of the most prevalent viruses circulating in birds in different regions.

The Indian Health Ministry did not immediately respond.

Source: CNN Brasil

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