What are the risks of having the bird flu virus?

Worse flu. Generally people infected with avian flu have a rockier course than routine seasonal flu - however, even season flu can be life threatening. Avian flu outbreaks (which are usually start amongst people in repeated close contact with infected birds) are rare and thus far have been well contained to prevent a lot of person to person spread.

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Is the bird flu virus obsolete now?

Yes. There have been no new cases of what has always been a rare disease. However, influenza can always change in dangerous ways. The current human strain is always the one to be feared. Read more...

How long does the avian flu virus stay in a person if he catches it?

Defunct disease. Avian flu peaked many years ago and disappeared almost as quickly as it surfaced. While another similar strain may emerge, that one is gone. Read more...

What can you do to avoid infection when the avian flu virus causes a pandemic?

Defunct disease. Avian flu peaked many years ago and disappeared almost as quickly as it surfaced. While another similar strain may emerge, that one is gone. Read more...

Will the influenza virus mix with the avian flu this winter? How soon will the doctors know? September?

Defunct disease. Avian flu peaked many years ago and disappeared almost as quickly as it surfaced. While another similar strain may emerge, that one is gone.The vaccine for the coming season will contain representative strains now present in active circulation. Read more...