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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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 type of pathogen causes the bird flu?

What type of pathogen causes the bird flu?

The bird flu ...: That is being talked about is an influenza a virus of the h5n1 serotype. Most flu viruses that are not h 1, 2 or 3 are not human pathogens but this one can be. To this point, it still does not spread well from person to person. ...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 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

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What are symptoms of bird flu now?

What are symptoms of bird flu now?

Same as of regular: Flu. Symptoms of bird flu are the same as of regular flu, however, it has much higher frequency of pneumonia and death. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/gen-info/facts.htm. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of bird flu?

What are some symptoms of bird flu?

Fever: Fever, chills , muscle aches and headache which are the same with any flu. ...Read more

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Where and how did the bird flu start?

Where and how did the bird flu start?

SE Asia: New strains of influenza almost always have their origin in so. China or se asia where swine and ducks are in close proximity and can share genetic material that causes a sudden new strain of influenza when they get infected with 2 strains simultaneously. ...Read more

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How is bird flu transmitted to people?

How is bird flu transmitted to people?

Avian influenza: The avian flu virus (h5n1) has been shown to survive in the environment for long periods of time. Infection may be spread simply by touching contaminated surfaces. Birds who were infected with this flu can continue to release the virus in their feces and saliva for as long as 10 days. This is not transmitted to humans from other mammals as of yet. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of bird flu in asia?

What are the symptoms of bird flu in asia?

Avian Influenza H5N1: 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 definition or description of: bird flu?

Influenza: "bird flu" is simply an influenza virus. These viruses usually infect birds, hence the name "bird flu." but, some times they can infect humans and cause severe illness. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bird flu in humans in asia?

What are the symptoms of bird flu in humans in asia?

Same as Flu: Fever, breathing problems, cough, aches and pains, shortness of breath and in severe cases death. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bird flu and can it come from cats?

What are the symptoms of bird flu and can it come from cats?

No differences: Bird flu is not any different than any other form of influenza except in the manner in which it is transmitted. And not from cats. ...Read more

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I am going to asia, are there any tips for avoiding the bird flu?

I am going to asia, are there any tips for avoiding the bird flu?

Influenza: Wash your hands frequently or use an alcohol based sanitizer. Avoid areas where there are poultry or ducks congregated in close proximity. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more