Top
10
Doctor insights on: Parakeet Bird Flu

Share
Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,889 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
Is bird flu dangerous?

Is bird flu dangerous?

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

3

3
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

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
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

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

See 2 more doctor answers
8

8
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

9

9
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

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
What are the symptoms of bird flu?

What are the symptoms of bird flu?

Flu like illness: The symptoms of bird flu are no different, than regular flu. It is how it originates that it gets its name from. It can be quite severe and difficult to manage the spread from the community point of view. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Linda Callaghan
70 doctors shared insights

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