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What is the definition or description of: avian flu?

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Influenza: There are many varieties or strains of influenza some of which can occur in humans, but many occur only in swine or avian populations. Inevitably there is crossover among species so occasionally a human can acquire a virus previously only seen in an animal. Avian flu is a strain of flu usually only seen in birds and not humans, but has acquired the ability to infect humans.
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See below: A strain of influenza previously seen only in birds that has acquired the ability to infect humans with close contact. Currently there are no strains that can cause human to human contact.

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What is the definition or description of: bird flu?

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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Influenza: "bird flu" is simply an influenza virus. These viruses usually infect birds, hence the name "bird flu." but, some times they can infect humans and cause severe illness.

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