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Cleaning Bird Bath Flu
No: Since there is no outbreak of bird flu in the United States, cleaning a bird bath will give a person many happy birds, but no bird flu. In the asian countries where there is some bird flu, one can catch the disease from infected birds, such as when one cleans chicken coops and raises chickens. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hot bath OK: Fever is how our bodies fight infection- our immune systems work better when we have a fever and microbes don't survive as well. A cool bath might lower your temp. ; thus prolong the infection; a hot bath might actually raise your temp. A bit which might help you fight the infection; this is a homeopathic-style approach. Fever isn't dangerous unless above 105. See http://on.Today.Com/1cz7o8p. ...Read more
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
Virtually none seen: This strain of influenza has not been seen in the USA. Cannot say there have been none, but if so, rare. The best way to avoid influenza is through regular yearly vaccination. The CDC tracks the types of flu most commonly seen and those are included in the latest vaccines available. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Support: Most of the treatment is supportive, meaning supplemental oxygen if needed, or even mechanical ventilatory support if respiratory failure. It is recommended patients be treated with the anti-influenza drug "tamiflu" if the present with symptoms early enough. Other measures of non specific support may be needed, IV fluids etc.. Depending on the severity of illness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Influenza H5N1 var: This years influenza variant was first noted in wild birds and is the h5n1 type - so its an influenza virus that people contracted from birds in asia. It responds well to most influenza drugs. It is not a particularly deadly form of the virus - but note that influenza does lead to the deaths of thousands of americans a year every year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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