"No Need To Panic": AIIMS Chief Says Human-To-Human Bird Flu Transmission Reconfirmed. 

AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria's remark came after a 12-year-old boy from Haryana, who was infected with the bird flu virus, recently died at AIIMS flu is usually transmitted to poultry through migratory birds, said AIIMS chief. As the country reported the first confirmed case of human death due to avian influenza, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus is very rare and there is no need to panic.

However, there is a need to do contact tracing and also take samples and look for any poultry deaths in the area from where the child who died due to the virus was residing, the AIIMS director told PTI.

A 12-year-old boy from Haryana, who was infected with the H5N1 virus, recently died at AIIMS Delhi. The National Institute of Virology, Pune had confirmed the infection, Dr Guelria said.

“NCDC received information on July 16 from AIIMS, Delhi, along with a lab report from the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune. The information was communicated to the IDSP State Surveillance Unit (SSU), Haryana to initiate an epidemiological investigation into the case. The matter was also reported to the animal husbandry department.The state health department and the animal husbandry department officials are also involved in the investigation,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

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