Though the UT health department swung into action to prevent a bird flu outbreak in the future, it has advised the residents not to panic as the bird flu virus rarely transmitted from one person to the other.
As a preventive measure, the health department has earmarked a quarantine screen area as well as a patient isolation area for patients admitted to the Government MultiSpecialty Hospital, Sector 16, following a meeting, chaired by UT advisor KK Sharma, of the health department officials on Wednesday.
The hospital has also appointed a nodal officer to track the disease. “There have been no cases of bird flu so far. Our department is keeping a track of the disease and we are ready to handle any future outbreak,” said nodal officer, UT, integrated disease surveillance programme, Dr Anil Garg.
Sources revealed that the health department had also placed an order for the Tami Flu medicine that can be consumed by children and adults.
“We have identified the source for the medicine. It will be available to us even at a short notice,” said an official, on condition of anonymity.
There will also be a 24-hour screening facility for patients, suspected to have contracted the disease.
A doctor, a pathologist and other medical staff will be available at the 24-hour screening facility. H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or bird flu).