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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. James Dukelow
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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 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

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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

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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 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

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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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How did the bird flu first spread?

Direct contact: Close contact with actively infected birds was the means of contracting h5n1influenza. ...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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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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Can I die from bird flu if I ignore it?

Can I die from bird flu if I ignore it?

Depends: Complex question: 1. Depending on genetic predisposition, some people may ignore it because it doesn't give them the terrible signs and symptoms that most other people get 2. Most people will treat their infection like any other flu-like illness and therefore, not ignoring it. 3.You will die if you truly doing nothing for "bird flu", likely from a secondary infection or other complication. ...Read more

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