The culling of around 48 million birds has set the cross mark for Europe’s biggest avian flu outbreak while the effects are already visible. The first case of the flu season was confirmed recently in Kent County.
Interim DPH Director Dr. Rick Hong, in his statement regarding the case, says, “Announcing our first case of the flu, just days after the start of the season, is a strong indicator for Delawareans to get their flu vaccines as soon as possible.”
The reports say that Oregon is at risk of facing more cases of bird flu with the migration of geese, pelicans, and other birds. 14 flocks in Coos, Deschutes, Lane, Linn, Polk, Tillamook and Douglas counties are reported to be infected.
How does the Virus Spread?
Influenza, commonly known as flu is a contagious respiratory illness infecting the nose, throat, and lungs. Though it is unusual to directly get infected by animals, sporadic human infections and outbreaks are caused by avian influenza viruses. It could be transferred from one person to another through body fluids or with contact with contaminated surfaces.
Among the most common symptoms of the infection include, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headaches, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea. Though it is not a deadly infection, it could cause serious discomfort and could turn fatal if not taken care of.
Preventions For the Season
Since the flu is infectious and contagious it is getting vaccinated for the flu season is a necessity. Apart from the vaccination precautious measures like:
- Keeping clean and washing hands frequently with soap and water
- Using alcohol-based hand sanitizers
- Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or cloth
- Maintaining six feet of space between others.
- Reduction in eating meat, especially turkey and chicken
The season calls for prevention and precautions for almost everyone, though the flu clouds the season, health concerns cannot be compromised.