Is the avian flu a foodborne illness?

No. Avian flu is an airborne disease. You must breathe it in. It attacks the lungs.
In birds, it is. Influenza is fowl is spread fecal-orally so it can be considered food borne. However, in humans, it is spread via the respiratory route.

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Is the avian flu a foodborne illness or how do you catch it?

No, airborne. It is transmitted through contamination of air. Transmission from birds to humans requires close contact with infected birds. Properly cooked chicken meat does not transmit bird flu. Read more...
Same as regular flu. Not really - flu is usually transmitted person to person through aerosolized droplets (a cough or sneeze does this well) that land in the upper respiratory tract or mucus membranes. Of note flu can last on surfaces for quite a while so decontaminating surfaces around infected folk is important to prevent transmission. Read more...

Is the avian bird flu a foodborne illness via chickens?

No. It is transmitted through contamination of air. Transmission from birds to humans requires close contact with infected birds. Properly cooked chicken meat does not transmit bird flu. Read more...
Not really. Bird flu is transmitted after contact with infected surfaces - so, if one has contact with infected surfaces then bird flu can be contracted. Having said that - bird flu is exceedingly rare (and hasn't been documented in the western hemisphere at all) and thus you are much more likely to get salmonella or campylobacter (usually causing food poisoning/diarrhea) from uncooked chicken more than flu. Read more...

How do I know if I have avian flu?

See Inf. Dx. Sp. Electron microscopy, determine gene sequence in Atlanta by CDC. I pray you don't; i just hate plagues. Ok, ok call your internist; then we'll seal off your neighborhood. Read more...
Avian Flu. Symptoms of avian flu include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches ; pains ; occasionally conjunctivitis or gastrointestinal symptoms. Make sure to let your doctor know if you have recently traveled in areas where there are reported cases of avian flu. Nose ; throat can be sampled to test for flu. Lung x-rays may be taken as well. Read more...

At what rate will the avian flu mutate?

Hard to know. Your question could be understood in different ways. Nonetheless , future is hard to predict. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: avian flu?

Influenza. There are many varieties or strains of influenza some of which can occur in humans, but many occur only in swine or avian populations. Inevitably there is crossover among species so occasionally a human can acquire a virus previously only seen in an animal. Avian flu is a strain of flu usually only seen in birds and not humans, but has acquired the ability to infect humans. Read more...
See below. 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 human to human contact. Read more...

What are the best ways to prevent the avian flu?

Great question. Avian flu has been a concern for a long time but how to prevent it is a monumental issue as birds travel all over the world in migration patterns. Luckily, there have been very few cases of human avian flu and most of these are from asia where people live with their livestock (including chickens, ducks, etc.). Best way - good hygiene and when the avian flu vaccine comes out - get it if you can. Read more...