Fri. Jun 14th, 2024
Symptoms of Avian Flu in a 4-Year-Old Boy

India has reported a human case of avian influenza A H9N2, as confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The child had a previous diagnosis of hyperreactive airway disease and presented with fever and abdominal pain to a pediatrician on 26 January. He developed convulsions on 29 January and was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit on 1 February due to severe breathing difficulty, high fever, and abdominal cramps.

The boy was diagnosed with post-infectious bronchiolitis caused by viral pneumonia and tested positive for influenza B and adenovirus. However, it was later confirmed that he had been infected with influenza A virus H9N2 on 5 March when a nasopharyngeal swab tested positive for the virus. The child had been exposed to poultry around his home, but no respiratory symptoms were reported among his contacts.

This is the second reported human infection with avian influenza A H9N2 in India, with the first case occurring in 2019. The WHO warns that further human cases of this virus may occur sporadically, as it is one of the most widespread avian influenza viruses circulating in poultry in various regions.

By Aiden Nguyen

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