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Avian Flu In Children
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How easily can humans catch avian flu? Is avian flu easily passed from birds to humans? How easy is it to catch?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer