Bird Flu: 

GS Paper 2: Topics Covered: Issues related to Health.   Context: Fresh cases of bird flu have been confirmed in the Kuttanad region of Kerala. Response teams have been formed for culling birds in affected areas. Samples have tested positive for the H5N1 influenza virus.   What is bird flu? Also called avian influenza. It …

Insights into Editorial: How serious is the bird flu outbreak in India, and how can it be contained?

    Context: Avian influenza, popularly known as bird flu, has been reported from Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh in recent weeks. In recent, reports of unusual deaths of a large number of birds, including wild ones, started coming in from many States, indicating that the virus is being …

Bird Flu

Topics Covered: economics of animal-rearing. Bird Flu: Context: Kerala on alert after bird flu in two districts. H5N8 subtype of Influenza A virus reported in ducks. About Avian influenza (bird flu): It is a viral infection that can infect not only birds, but also humans and other animals. Most forms of the virus are restricted …