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H9N2: India’s first case detected by National Institute of Virology, Pune

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  • January 14, 2020
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H9N2: India’s first case detected by National Institute of Virology, Pune

Part of: GS Prelims – Diseases and GS-II- Health

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  • H9N2 viruses have been observed in poultry in India several times. However, this is the first identification of the clinical human case of H9N2 virus infection
  • It H9N2 is a subtype of the influenza A virus, which causes human influenza as well as bird flu.
  • The H9N2 subtype was isolated for the first time in Wisconsin, US in 1966 from turkey flocks.
  • H9N2 virus infections in humans are rare, but likely under-reported due to typically mild symptoms of the infections. Cases of human infection have been observed in Hong Kong, China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Egypt

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