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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


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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 do you get bird flu?

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 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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How do people treat bird flu?

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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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

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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