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Doctor insights on: Birds Flu

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How is bird flu transmitted?

How is bird flu transmitted?

Direct contact: Direct contact with infected birds is the only known way to contract this variety of flu. ...Read more

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What is bird flu vaccine?

What is bird flu vaccine?

Bird Flu Vaccine: Vaccine to protect against avian influenza (bird flu) also known as strain h5n1. This is different from the annual flu shot and the recent swine flu vaccine h1n1. The vaccine is kept in stockpiles for use in the event of an outbreak. Currently it is not a routine vaccine since avian flu rarely infects humans. People who work with poultry are most likely to be infected. ...Read more

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Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Swine flu reoccurrence? Can someone get swine flu twice?

Short answer - yes: Swine flu is really only one form of several strains of influenza. Sometimes the doctor or nurse practitioner calls your illness "flu-like"(like swine flu) and treats you for it empirically, even without specifically testing for flu (nose swab test). Later, if you have a repeat of similar symptoms, then this could be labelled a recurrence of "swine flu". My office tests for flu--not swine flu. ...Read more

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Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

Not really: Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. ...Read more

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Is swine flu fatal?

Is swine flu fatal?

Any flu...: ...Can be fatal in rare cases. Swine flu had a higher mortality in otherwise healthy individuals than the strains of flu active in recent years, but it certainly was not universally fatal. ...Read more

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How is bird flu spread?

How is bird flu spread?

Like other flu: Bird flu is usually acquired through close contact with birds and breathing their respiratory secretions. It usually does not spread from person to person, thank god! ...Read more

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Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Can swine flu be prevented by taking swine flu vaccination?

Yes: While no vaccine is 100% effetive, the h1n1 vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with h1n1 virus, and preventing death and serious illness from h1n1. ...Read more

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Can avian flu give you swine flu?

Can avian flu give you swine flu?

No: Each subtype of flu (eg avian vs swine) are different viruses, meaning they have different genetics. One does not predispose to the other but you can be infected with one and then later another type of flu. ...Read more

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Is bird flu dangerous?

Is bird flu dangerous?

Overall mortality: rates in humans is about 60% - so yes, it is dangerous. ...Read more

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How come swine flu more deadly literally than bird flu?

How come swine flu more deadly literally than bird flu?

Not necessarily: Correct. There are multiple stains of both swine and bird flu and each strain has different pattern of disease and death rate. ...Read more

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How does swine flu differ from the bird flu?

Passage through host: Avian flu normally has to go through swine before it can jump to infect humans. In 1997, a special type of avian flu was found to have skipped the step in swine, so that they could infect humans directly; luckily, there as no huge pandemic because humans couldn't transmit it to each other. ...Read more

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How are swine flu and seasonal flu different?

Differences: This is the best I have seen to help differentiate: http://www.Newmilfordschools.Org/gibbs/nurse/cold_flu_swine_flu.Pdf. ...Read more

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How is bird flu transmitted to people?

How is bird flu transmitted to people?

Avian influenza: The avian flu virus (h5n1) has been shown to survive in the environment for long periods of time. Infection may be spread simply by touching contaminated surfaces. Birds who were infected with this flu can continue to release the virus in their feces and saliva for as long as 10 days. This is not transmitted to humans from other mammals as of yet. ...Read more

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How does swine flu spread/?

How does swine flu spread/?

Swine flu spread: Most influenza spreads viral particles by the aerosolized sputum (spit) produced by coughing. This is why there is so much emphasis on wearing a face mask if you have a severe cold or flu-like illness. ...Read more