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Doctor insights on: Medicine For Bird Flu

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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 bird flu?

What are the symptoms of bird flu?

The symptoms of Bird flu include:: Cough, Crackles in lungs, Decreased breath sounds, Decreased mental status, Fever, Rapid breathing, Generalized seizures in adults, Difficulty breathing, Wheezing, Headache, Diarrhea, Fever, malaise, aches, Vomiting. ...Read more

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What do you do if you get the bird flu?

What do you do if you get the bird flu?

See your doctor: There are several effective medications, which if taken early in the course of influenza are very effective in reducing symptoms, shortening the duration of disease and reducing secondary complications. ...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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Are children more likely to get sicker from bird flu?

Are children more likely to get sicker from bird flu?

Yes: Especially infants. Influenza has particularly severe effects in infants and the elderly who usually have the least ability to fight it off. ...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 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

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Where did bird flu originate?

Where did bird flu originate?

Pigs: It is my understanding the a pig virus adapted itself to infecting birds. ...Read more

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Why is bird flu so dangerous?

More deadly: More likely to cause death. Why? Very interesting question that researchers are hard at work trying to answer. ...Read more

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What's it mean to have bird flu?

What's it mean to have bird flu?

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 more

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How did the bird flu first spread?

Direct contact: Close contact with actively infected birds was the means of contracting h5n1influenza. ...Read more

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Can I die from bird flu if I ignore it?

Can I die from bird flu if I ignore it?

Depends: Complex question: 1. Depending on genetic predisposition, some people may ignore it because it doesn't give them the terrible signs and symptoms that most other people get
2. Most people will treat their infection like any other flu-like illness and therefore, not ignoring it.
3.You will die if you truly doing nothing for "bird flu", likely from a secondary infection or other complication. ...Read more

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Describe the features of the bird flu.?

Just like any flu: "bird flu" will usually present as an acute illness with fever, headache, cough, aching muscles, and occasionally severe breathing difficulty. Most people with the flu won't get severely ill, and those who are older, or immune suppressed are more likely to have severe illness. Influenza is a leading killer though, and your chances of getting it are reduced by getting a yearly flu vaccine. ...Read more

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How concerned should we be about the bird flu?

Not terribly: Do you have reason for concern? If you feel like you've been infected, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of the bird flu in singapore?

What are the symptoms of the bird flu in singapore?

See below: High fever (usually more than 38 degrees celsius)
cough
sore throat
running nose
production of phlegm
difficulty in breathing
other symptoms that have occasionally been reported include:
diarrhoea
vomiting
abdominal pain
chest pain
bleeding from nose and gums. ...Read more

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What is the cure for bird flu?

Vaccination: The best protection for the flu (bird flu included) is wide range vaccination of the population. For those already infected, oseltamivir has been shown to be effective if used within the first 48 hours of commencement of symptoms. It has also been shown to be effective in reducing the chances of being infected in unvaccinated individuals who are in close contact with a flu patient. ...Read more

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How contagious is the bird flu?

How contagious is the bird flu?

Very contagious: In its initial form 3 to 7 days before the symptoms occurred & durin g the active phase will pass to others. ...Read more

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How could you increase the chances of surviving a pandemic like bird flu?

How could you increase the chances of surviving a pandemic like bird flu?

Vaccine & healthful: If a vaccine is available, if and when bird flu pandemic strikes, taking the vaccine would be the best defense. In general, healthful living, good nutrition, non-use of tobacco and alcohol would provide general protection. Precautions for avoiding contact with infected persons, rigorous hand hygiene and perhaps prophylactic use of anti-viral therapy. ...Read more

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Are there fears that bird flu might mutate?

For sure: This is an ongoing, legitimate concern. All that is required for a major pandemic is for an existing influenza strain to mutate to something our immune systems can't respond to. If this occurs, the public health outcome could be devastating. We now recommend influenza vaccination for all people. Wash your hands, listen to the news, and make sure you have a medical home if you become ill. ...Read more

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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 do people treat bird flu?

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 more

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How does bird flu affect humans?

How does bird flu affect humans?

Same as any flu: The symptoms of influenza are similar among all strains. Fever, cough, muscle aches, headache and malaise are typical. So-called bird flu can be more virulent and lead to respiratory failure. ...Read more