India reports first suspected human death due to H5N1 bird flu virus

An 11-year-old boy from the Indian state of Haryana has passed away from a bird flu virus of the H5N1 strain, the first such death in the country, an official statement announced on Wednesday.

The boy succumbed to multi-organ dysfunction on July 12, at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, where he was admitted on July 2.

The statement issued by the Health Ministry said the matter has been reported to the Animal Husbandry Department, and a team of experts is undertaking an epidemiological assessment at AIIMS.

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