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Is it safe to travel to India when there's bird flu?

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1. Posted by Zesty (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Im planning to travel to Delhi in march . im wondering whether it is wise travelling to India during these times especially with the onset of bird flu. Thanks

2. Posted by Odysseas (Full Member 1359 posts) 10y

as far as they say the truth,bird flu is only for birds...

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

A good resources is the CDC site on the avian flu. They say that the risk from avian influenza is generally low to most people, because the viruses do not usually infect humans. However, confirmed cases of human infection from several subtypes of avian influenza infection have been reported since 1997. Most cases of avian influenza infection in humans have resulted from contact with infected poultry (e.g., domesticated chicken, ducks, and turkeys) or surfaces contaminated with secretion/excretions from infected birds. The spread of avian influenza viruses from one ill person to another has been reported very rarely, and transmission has not been observed to continue beyond one person.

They also have a website with information for travellers to south-east Asia, which has tips for before, during and after your trip. In general, good advice to follow anyway - avoid live poultry and their excretions, wash your hands often, make sure your food is full cooked, and if you feel sick, get yourself checked out.

Greg

4. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 10y

The bird flu is not as severe as it happened elsewhere.It has happeend in only in part of Maharashtra state and the Governments of the state and central are taking all precaution.
I don't think you should be worried so much.You can go travel to Delhi without any fear and enjoy your trip. As a pecaution, you may desist in consuming chicken or chicken related items.
ENJOY your trip.

5. Posted by Zesty (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Thanks for the info guys. Will be going to Delhi in March :)

Thanks heaps!!:)

6. Posted by edwardseco (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

Tests haven't indicated any human bird flu cases in India yet. China has had tons of this so..

7. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 10y

Quoting Zesty

Im planning to travel to Delhi in march . im wondering whether it is wise travelling to India during these times especially with the onset of bird flu. Thanks

Don't handle any live chickens or ducks or any live poultry and you should be okay.

I'm in Asia all the time and eat chicken almost every day. I don't handle any raw chicken meat and all meats I eat are thoroughly cooked.

Lately I have avoided any hotels or bars that like to display lots of live birds in cages - such as parrots and birds like that, just in case they have been infected by the wild birds that fly into their cages to steal scraps of food.

Have a good trip.

8. Posted by tarun_111 (Inactive 6 posts) 10y

hey zesty....well talkin about ur trip to delhi....then u need'nt worry about the bird flu...as its only in a part of mahasashtra and well its also declared clear now...so u can enjoy ur trip here in delhi peacefully while i see u country the same time....:)

9. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 10y

Seeing as they've found it in a few European countries, I think we can expect to hear more over the coming months.

Steering clear of chickens/ducks etc should be ok. Bear in mind the number of humans to have died is very small, and they were people who lived/worked amongst poultry and had lots of conatct.

Although properly cooked chicken is supposedly safe to eat, I think its wise anyway from the point of view of tummy upsets, to stick to a vegetarian diet in most of India.

10. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 10y

I'd rather be worried about getting hit by a car or being mugged/kidnapped... the odds of catching bird flu are slim to nil.