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Can i get bird flu from cleaning bird bath?

Can i get bird flu from cleaning bird bath?

Avian influenza is..: An intestinal disease in birds so bird bath water may contain the virus but many of the strains of avian influenza do not transmit to people and the h5n1 strain does transmit well to people and seems to need direct exposure to the infected bird. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Flu (Definition)

The flu, otherwise known as influenza, is a viral infection of the nose and throat. Symptoms of influenza include fever, chills, runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headaches, and coughing. Children with the flu often have nausea and vomiting as well. Some strains of the flu are preventable by getting a yearly flu ...Read more


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Can cleaning a backyard bird bath give me bird flu?

Can cleaning a backyard bird bath give me bird 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 more

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Is it possible for me to get bird flu from cleaning my backyard bird bath?

If you are talking : About the h5n1 highly pathogenic influenza, it is not found in the western hemisphere. Most other avian flus do not spread to man and if they do, they need direct contact with the infected bird. ...Read more

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Fever associated with flu: is it ok to take a hot bath while fever is present? Or only cool bath?

Fever associated with flu: is it ok to take a hot bath while fever is present? Or only cool bath?

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

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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 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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How do you get bird flu?

How do you get bird flu?

Bird Flu: The h5n1 bird flu virus is spread when wild birds pass the virus along to birds such as chickens or ducks that are being raised for human consumption. ...Read more

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How is bird flu diagnosed?

How is bird flu diagnosed?

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 more

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What happened with bird flu?

Still around: The virus is still around and has caused disease in the east. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h7n9-virus.htm. ...Read more

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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