Bird Flu

Known as avian influenza, bird flu is a viral infection spread from bird to bird. Just like birds and pigs, other animals such as horses and dogs, can be infected with their own influenza viruses (canine influenza viruses, equine influenza viruses, etc.).Currently, a particularly deadly strain of bird flu -- H5N1 -- continues to spread among poultry in Egypt and in certain parts of Asia

 

The H5N1 virus has claimed more than 100 victims in Indonesia. Most cases have been in Java. Treatment is difficult and every few years it reappears.

 

Facts

H5N1 is a highly pathogenic avian influenza(HPAI) virus. It is deadly to most birds. And it is deadly to humans and to other mammals that catch the virus from birds. 

 

But unlike human flu bugs, H5N1 bird flu does not spread easily from person to person. The very  few cases of human-to-human transmission have been among people with exceptionally close contact

 

Migrating water fowl; most notably wild ducks are the natural carriers of bird flu viruses. Because the disease has spread to wild birds, pigs, and even to donkeys -- As of 2011, the disease was well established in six nations: Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

 

Avian Flu Viruses Types

Human infections with avian influenza A viruses have most often occurred after contact with infected birds or their secretions or excretions. Three subtypes of avian influenza A viruses are known to infect people (H5, H7 and H9 viruses). Among these, Asian lineage H5N1 and H7N9 have caused the majority of infections in people.

 

Symptoms

Bird flu symptoms are like other types of flu such as fever (high temperature), extreme fatigue, headache, cough/runny nose and aching muscles.

For some people, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain have also

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