Culling worker in hospital, no symptoms yet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 20, 2014 22:01 IST

Two days after culling of around 100 geese was carried out at Sukhna Lake following a dead goose testing positive for avian influenza or bird flu, one of the members of the 33-strong culling team, Sripal (50), was admitted to the Sector-6 General Hospital in Panchkula with a headache.

UT chief wildlife warden Santosh Kumar informed, though, "As of now, Sripal does not have any signs of the bird flu. He does not even have fever. But we are observing him closely."Sripal, a labourer with the UT forest department, was being given medicine twice a day. On Saturday, when a staff member went to Sripal's house to give him medicine, he complained of headache; and he was admitted to the hospital.

Precautions you must take

As per an advisory of UT admn, here are some precautions:

During visit to area suspected to be affected by bird flu (3km around Sukhna Lake), avoid direct contact with birds Because flu viruses are destroyed by heat, cooking temperature for bird meat should be more than 70? C and the period at least 30 minutes

While eating eggs, ensure yolks are not runny

Symptoms include fever of over 100.4° F along with running nose, or sore throat, body ache, diarrhoea or breathlessness; there should also have been possible contact with the infected birds or droppings

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