Bird Flu Cases On The Rise In The World

Bird Flu Cases On The Rise In The World

Bird Flu has hit many countries recently including India, France, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Ukraine, China, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, UK, South Korea, and Senegal.

Bird flu is a type of zoonotic disease which are transferred from birds to humans. Bird Flu commonly known as Avian Flu was first discovered in 1997 in Hong Kong and killed 60 percent of the affected people.

There have been multiple bird flu outbreaks over the past few months across the world. The most common type is H5N1. The other two types of outbreaks over the past few months are H5N6 and H5N8. H5N8 is most contagious and is spreading fast in animals. 

On December 16, 2020, few cases of bird flu have been reported in 12 cities and as a result, 32,000 birds were culled. European countries started reporting cases on December 21, 2020. In the UK in Northern Ireland, there was an outbreak of bird flu and 30,000 birds slaughtered. On January 8, 2021, 4,37,000 poultry birds died of H5N1 in India, and on the same date, 3.5 million birds died in European countries and millions of ducks died in France as well. Senegal has an outbreak of bird flu and 58,000 birds died on January 8th, 2021. Japan has 2nd outbreak of bird flu and 1.4 million chickens were slaughtered. India also has an outbreak on January 11th, 2021 and it spread to 9 states. On January 12, 2021, 600,000 birds culled in France and there was a total of 180 outbreaks in the whole country.

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No outbreak has been reported in Pakistan so far, but more are expected in 2021 in the world.