Sunday, 16 June 2019

First H5N1 bird flu death in Nepal

The H5N1 bird flu virus that has been confirmed as the first cause of death in Nepal, 10 years after it was first detected in birds in 2009, is the world’s first H5N1 human infection since February 2017 .


In a hurriedly called press conference the Ministry of Health and Population announced that a person had died from bird flu, the first human casualty in Nepal by H5N1 virus. The 21-year-old , a youth of Kavre , had died on March 29 , according to the ministry .

The saliva of the patient was sent to Japan for tests which confirmed that the youth has died from avian influenza, according to the Ministry of Health and Population.

it has raised issues of public health emergency of international concern as government and WHO officials refuse further information on the case.

“We are taking the help of the UN body to contain the disease,” Ministry of Health and Population spokesperson Mahendra Prasad Shrestha told to the Kathmandu Post.

 “The outbreaks of H5N1 have serious public health, economic and social implications, therefore its prevention is a priority across the globe and the human infection is evident of zoonotic disease spillover from animals to humans,” said Manisha Bista, a disease surveillance officer at the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal.

“This is an opportunity to identify flaws in our passive surveillance programmes and invest in technical and human capacities to detect diseases and investigate outbreaks and inform the general public without creating public outcry."

But Some experts have Believed that It is unclear which area and the size of the population they are going to cover during the surveillance. It is also unclear how many people might have come into contact with the person who died . They have questioned whether the action of government is too little too late. Officials concerned provided little answer to preparedness strategy.


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