NEW DELHI: AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria asked people not to panic after human death due to bird flu was reported, saying that human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus is very rare.
12-year-old boy from Haryana recently died at AIIMS (All India Institute Of Medical Sciences) Delhi.
National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune had confirmed that he was infected with the H5N1 virus.
"People working closely with poultry must take precautionary measures and maintain proper personal hygiene," said Dr Randeep Guleria.
Dr Neeraj Nischal, an associate professor at AIIMS, said that avian influenza or bird flu is predominantly a zoonosis and there is no proof of human-human transmission of the virus.
World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that H5N1 infection in people has been associated with close contact with infected live or dead birds.
Added to that, poultry and poultry products can be prepared and consumed as usual without fear of infection.
Staff members at AIIMS who were exposed to the dead person have been asked to monitor themselves for any symptoms.