China influenza outbreak: No immediate threat to India

China is experiencing a new major disease since the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic and this time, it is related with respiratory illness. Although this type of respiratory illness will not affect India or pose an immediate threat to it, the centre has said.

The statement comes after the circulation of the media reports which pointed towards the immediate clusters of respiratory illnesses reported in children in northern China. In addition to the respiratory disease, there has also been an outbreak of H9N2 avian influenza in the region. “India is prepared for any kind of public health exigency,” said the Union Health Ministry.

The World Health Organisation has also released a statement has also issued a statement, in which the organization had requested the people of China to get vaccinated while maintaining a distance from ill people. It has also advised the people of the country to wear masks, and get tested and also seek medical advice and care which is needed. Meanwhile, the Government of India also said that there is currently a low probability of the human-to-human spread and there has also been a low case fatality rate among human cases of H9N2 reported so far.

Speaking of the Norther China, WHO said that there has been a significant jump in the influenza since the mid of October as compared to the past three years in the country. Speaking of the betterment of the health infrastructure, WHO added that there hasn’t been any significant changes in the building of the health infrastructure since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which had taken millions of life in 2020 and 2021.

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