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What are the tests for Avian Flu?

What are the tests for Avian Flu?

Avian Flu: RT-PCR, throat or nasal swab (culture), X-ray if sx's c/w pneumonia, white blood count. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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Avian Flu (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of Avian Flu?

What are the symptoms of Avian Flu?

See below: Patients have presented with respiratory tract infections, many of which have progressed to severe pneumonia. Presenting signs and symptoms may include fever, cough, dyspnea, headache, myalgias, and malaise.

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What are the complications of Avian Flu?

What are the complications of Avian Flu?

Avian Flu: Complications can include pneumonia, respiratory failure, as well as renal & cardiac complications. It has been lethal in > 50% of infected people. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Avian Flu?

What are the treatments for Avian Flu?

Avian Flu: Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) & zanamivir (Relenza) are possible treatment options. ...Read more

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What causes Avian Flu?

What causes Avian Flu?

Influenza virus: There are many strains (family members) of influenza virus all over the world. Some strains affect animals and others humans. When a strain that "normally" infects animals develops the ability to infect humans, that is potentially dangerous because humans may have never had to fight off (become immune to) that strain. The "avian flu strains" come from birds. Swine flu strains came from pigs. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have avian flu?

How do I know if I have avian flu?

See Inf. Dx. Sp.: Electron microscopy, determine gene sequence in Atlanta by CDC.

I pray you don't; I just hate plagues.

Ok, ok call your internist; then we'll seal off your neighborhood. ...Read more

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How many forms of avian flu exist?

One: There is only one flu virus subtype known as avian flu - h5n1. Other ones have different names - h1n1 is swine flu. ...Read more

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What drugs treat avian flu and how?

What drugs treat avian flu and how?

Antivirals: Such as oseltamivir and others, along with antiinflammatories and other agents to relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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At what rate will the avian flu mutate?

At what rate will the avian flu mutate?

Hard to know: Your question could be understood in different ways. Nonetheless, future is hard to predict. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Avian Flu?

What are the risk factors for Avian Flu?

Birds: Avian flu is caused by influenza viruses that mostly live in certain types of birds and make them sick. Very rarely such strains of flu virus will infect humans and make them sick. When such strains are found, the bird flock is usually killed. The area of the world, the person's nearness to sick birds and the strength of the person's immune system are all important factors in a person's risk. ...Read more

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Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Symptoms of bird flu and other avian flu?

Agree w Dr. Singh.: Symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches ; pains ; occasionally conjunctivitis or gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea). Complications can include pneumonia, respiratory failure, as well as renal ; cardiac complications. It has been lethal in > 50% of infected people. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: avian flu?

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. ...Read more

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How do I tell the difference between avian flu and a common flu?

No simple way: Serotype/genetic testing is the only way to determine this and it can only be done in a laboratory. Symptoms alone are not sufficient however avian flu is extremely uncommon at this time. ...Read more

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How can I avoid avian flu? What are the best ways to avoid exposing myself to avian flu? .

Bird Flu: The majority of cases of bird flu have been found in asia, africa ; europe in recent years. According to the food ; drug administration, even if you atemeat or eggs from an infected bird, the disease would not be transmitted if the food is properly cooked. The cdc recommends that if you travel to “hpai h5n1-endemic countries and those countries experiencing hpai h5n1 poultry outbreaks observe. ...Read more

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Why are pigs always the ones to get the regular flu and avian flu? Why does everyone pick on the little pigs?

Why are pigs always the ones to get the regular flu and avian flu? Why does everyone pick on the little pigs?

Pigs and immunity: Pigs have similar immune responses to people and they tend to get a similar response to the influenza virus. The more complicated answer includes how people and pigs interact, especially in parts of the world where avian flu and swine flu intersect with human flu. The cdc website has more information on this. Www. Cdc. Gov. ...Read more

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How easily can humans catch avian flu? Is avian flu easily passed from birds to humans? How easy is it to catch? .

How easily can humans catch avian flu? Is avian flu easily passed from birds to humans? How easy is it to catch? .

Not easy: Avian flu usually requires close contact with infected birds. Avian flu is not present in the U. S. so please stop obsessing about it. ...Read more

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How is avian flu transmitted? How is avian flu transmitted between birds and humans? How do humans pass it along? .

How is avian flu transmitted? How is avian flu transmitted between birds and humans? How do humans pass it along? .

FROM DEAD OR SICK BI: Usually from dead or sick poultry, people who work with poultry and birds
it is highlycontagious in birds and rare cases reported in humans, and can be fatal. Humans can not pass this to other humans. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to prevent the avian flu?

Great question: Avian flu has been a concern for a long time but how to prevent it is a monumental issue as birds travel all over the world in migration patterns. Luckily, there have been very few cases of human avian flu and most of these are from asia where people live with their livestock (including chickens, ducks, etc.). Best way - good hygiene and when the avian flu vaccine comes out - get it if you can. ...Read more