Rarely. Only in very rare circumstances has this occurred.
Yes. It is highly contagious, mostly respiratory droplets.
Fortunately. Very very very rare that is why we have not seen severe epidemics and that is why it is called bird flu docs and nurses would be very scared to see patients if it were easily transmissible so far so good.
Same as Flu. Fever, breathing problems, cough, aches and pains, shortness of breath and in severe cases death.
Not true. While bird flu has a reservoir in birds, once it gets into humans, it will be spread from personal contact.
Close contact. Very close contact is required. Hand or aerosol spread is most likely.
Overall mortality. Rates in humans is about 60% - so yes, it is dangerous.
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!
Clear cut. Droplets avoid sick people unless you are the doc.
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.
Culture. A nasal swab and culture diagnoses the specific type on influenza when analyzed.
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.