With 10 states confirming cases of bird flu on Monday, January 11, the government is on high alert and has called on states to increase surveillance and prevent the spread of misinformation about bird flu. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), H5N1 is a type of flu that causes severe and highly infectious respiratory illness in birds called avians.
With reports of poultry bird deaths from bird flu, concerns have been raised about the consumption of chicken and eggs at the present time. There has been a significant drop in poultry prices in some areas.
Can you eat chicken and eggs?
The WHO says it is safe to eat chicken and eggs as long as they are properly prepared and cooked. Normal temperatures used for cooking can kill the virus, the agency says.
“As a standard precautionary measure, the WHO recommends that poultry, poultry products and wild game birds are always prepared according to good hygienic practices and that poultry meat is properly cooked,” he says. ‘WHO.
However, experts also say that poultry should be well cooked in gas and should not be microwaved. Many times, the microwave rays are not enough to kill the virus. Several health experts have denied such a possibility and have advised the public to take precautions and not to panic. Doctors said the risk of human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus that causes bird flu is very rare unless you work in close proximity to infected bird species.
Cases of the virus spreading in humans have been linked to home slaughter as well as handling of dead birds, before cooking. “These practices represent the highest risk of human infection and are the most important to avoid,” advises the WHO.
“People who work closely with poultry are at high risk of contracting the infection. Otherwise, human-to-human transmission of the H5N1 virus is very rare. So there is no need to panic,” Dr Harshal R. Salve , associate professor at the Center for Community Medicine, Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) told IANS news agency.