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Doctor insights on: South Korea Bird Flu

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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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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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Trip 2 south pacific: any travel shots recommended?

Trip 2 south pacific:  any travel shots recommended?

Check travel site: Wherever you go in the world, it's great to be prepared before your trip. Check out the cdc travel website. You can look up your destination and find out what you need to do. Wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/ take care and have a great time! ...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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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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Are there seasonality for sars, swine flu, bird flu?

Are there seasonality for sars, swine flu, bird flu?

No, yes, yes: Influenza tends to start in the late fall, peak through the winter and taper off in the spring. Sars occurred over 1.5 years and had sporadic outbreaks based on contacts and animal carriers, and hasn't been seen since 2004. ...Read more

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ebola virus india

ebola virus india

Ebola - virus: See: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2791500/india-inadequately-prepared-ebola-fear-medical-experts.html. It's indicated that there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in India but there is also some concern expressed about India's state of preparedness should Ebola find it's way there. ...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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Is there swine flu in new york state?

Is there swine flu in new york state?

The flu Season: hasn't really gotten into gear yet (2014 to 2015 season). Influenza A H1N1 virus (swine Flu) is now one of the flu viruses that circulates around the world seasonally. It was certainly seen during the 2013 to 2014 Flu season in the US. Will see what happens with the upcoming flu season. ...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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Is the bird flu virus obsolete now?

Is the bird flu virus obsolete now?

Yes: There have been no new cases of what has always been a rare disease. However, influenza can always change in dangerous ways. The current human strain is always the one to be feared. ...Read more

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Do I need vaccinations for south east asia?

Do I need vaccinations for south east asia?

Check With CDC: Most likely, but for any foreign travel, check with the cdc website or your local county health department. ...Read more

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Flu prevention- worried about new swine fly?

Same prevention as: For regular flu. Wash hands often, do not touch face, nose eyes, if in contact with objects touched by someone with symptoms, get vaccination. Swine flu is not endemic at this time so do not worry about it. ...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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South Africa tip. Do kids need vaccination?

South Africa tip. Do kids need vaccination?

CDC travel: Aside from routine childhood immunization, check your travel destination at the cdc traveler's health site for specifice recommendations. www.cdc.gov/travel. ...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