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No human case of Avian Influenza reported : Health Ministry

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New Delhi, Feb 24 (UNI) So far no human case of avian influenza has been reported from any part of Maharashtra, being closely monitored after the deadly flu broke out in the poutry at Navapur in Nadurbar district, the Health Ministry said here today.

Sixty-six people suffering from Upper Respiratory Tract(URI) Infection are under surveillance. Only one of them, who had a history of contact with poultry, is under observation.

In addition, 92 farm workers in the affected poultry farms and 90 poultry workers in unaffected farms are also under surveillance and all are asymptomatic, a Ministry's release said.

Health status of cullers was also being monitored. One of the cullers, under observation in a hospital is suffering from a URI infection and all others are asymptomatic.

Of the 95 clinical samples (from contacts and URI cases) sent to National Institute of Virology, Pune and National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Delhi 94 samples found negative and the remaining one is still under process.

The Ministry's Rapid Response teams are in the field along with the State health groups carrying out house-to-house screening to identify suspected cases among people who had been in contact of the infected poultry.

Navapur town with a population of 30,612 has been surveyed along with residents of 19 villages within 3 km radius of the town.

Till yesterday, there were 14 people including 10 males and four females affected with URI infections and who had history of poultry deaths in their back-yard farms or were in contact with the infected poultry, are under observation in Navapur Sub-district hospital.

All these people are still under constant observation. The two additional cases admitted for observation are that of a culler, a 55-year-old male and a 60-year-old male from Pangran village.

However, X-ray of both these patients was normal.

The OPD attendance of the hospital has also reduced considerably. Yesterday, 237 people attended the OPD. Twenty-four URI cases were detected, but had no history of contact with infected poultry.

The Health Ministry has sent adequate supplies of Tamiflu and personal protective equipments.

In Gujarat, the Rapid Response teams and state teams are also carrying out house to house active surveillance to identify suspected cases among people who were in contact of infected poultry.

As many as 39 had fever with 12 suffering from URI infection.

All the 1808 people working in affected back-yard poultries were screened, of them 48 had URI and are under surveillance.

In addition, 19 poultry workers including cullers, five had URI and were under observation.

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