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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 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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What is a pandemic?

Disease goes global: A pandemic is a disease outbreak that is global in scale. ...Read more

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What is swine flu and what it precoustions?

What is swine flu and what it precoustions?

...: "swine flu" viruses do not normally infect humans, but human infections with "swine flu" have occurred. These viruses are called “variant viruses.” both swine and regular flu have similar clinical symptoms. Depending on local resources, some labs have ability to test for non-human influenza viruses. Oseltamivir or zanamivir can be used for treatment. Wash hands often. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood a bird flu(h5n1) pandemic will happen?

What is the likelihood a bird flu(h5n1) pandemic will happen?

Not likely: At least with this particular strain which hasn't demonstrated the ability to transmit between humans. However, influenza is very adept at undergoing changes that can result in new strains that can be transmitted for which we don't have immunity. This is when a pandemic can occur. ...Read more

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What is the cure for bird flu?

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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What is a vaccination?

What is a vaccination?

Flu shot: Vaccinations help boost the immune system in order to prevent or lessen the severity of several different diseases such as the flu or tetanus. ...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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Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Is there a swine flu vaccine?

Which one ?: The general label "swine flu" has been applied to several strains of flu. A vaccine was developed to the H1N1 that circulated in 2009, and included in several seasonal flu shots since that time. Since other strains have also carried this non-specific label, you need to be more specific for a firm answer. ...Read more

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How probable is it that i could have got bird flu or cryptococcosis from the bird?

How probable is it that i could have got bird flu or cryptococcosis from the bird?

Not likely: What bird are you concerned about? It you do not have any symptoms, it is unlikely that you have either infection. ...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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What is h1n1 flu or swine flu?

What is h1n1 flu or swine flu?

A viral flu strain: H1n1 refers to the proteins that make up the critical parts of this particular flu virus. For example, h5n1 is a common flu virus that attacks some years. "swine flu" is a misnomer. Flu viruses are named after their original hosts, and the h1n1 virus we've been dealing with is actually a combination of avian, human and swine flu dna mixed together. Also, it's the same spanish flu from 1918. ...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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What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

What is swine flu? What is the incubation period for swine flu, how contagious is it and how beneficial and effective is the h1n1 flu shot?

Swine flu revisited: Swine flu is one of the flu variants that has developed over the last 5-10 years. It just as contagious as the regular flu.As a matter of fact it is a component of this years flu shot and we considerate to be about 85percent effective. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a tetanus shot, is it considered a vaccination?

Anyone know what is a tetanus shot, is it considered a vaccination?

Vaccine: Tetanus shot is a vaccine against tetanus bacterial infection. Kids get 4 rounds before 2 years, 1 at 4-6 years, and 1 at 11-13 years. Adults should get them every 10 years. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how serious is the swine flu in a baby?

Swine flu: Swine flu (h1n1) is a highly contagious flu with symptoms similar to a regular viral illness. H1n1 affects people differently. Some people have mild symptoms. Others can develop complications and in rare cases, it can be fatal. Children under the age of five are more at risk. High fever, sleepiness, aversion to interaciont, and anorexia, take him to your pediatrician or local er for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is a baby with swine flu contagious?

Is a baby with swine flu contagious?

Yes: Flu, including the h1n1 can be spread by the oro-nasal secretions of patients at any age. Babies are problem in flu season since many are passed around for kissy kisssy time by many of the more vulnerable elders at holiday gatherings.Since they may spread the illness without showing many signs of infection i consider them stelth carriers. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a symptom that the swine flu gives you its self besides the normal flu symptoms?

Rapid Onset: With swine flu onset is usually very swift – within 3 to 6 hours you have been hit hard by pain & fever. With seasonal flu, symptoms may start to develop over several days. ...Read more

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Is there anything to prevent the swine flu or the bird flu?

Is there anything to prevent the swine flu or the bird flu?

Vaccine : Get vaccinated annually, wash your hands, and stay healthy. ...Read more

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