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.
Not easily. Our cdc and other international agencies keep track of the number of cases and try to kill infected birds. So far, most of those infected have been poultry workers, in close contact with birds. There is some concern that transmission to other animals or humans may become easier, but that has not yet happened.

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Can you get bird flu from chicken eggs?

No. Unless you're collecting them from a chicken pen where the disease is epidemic. You really don't need to worry about bird flu unless you're in areas where it is active and known to be contagious. Read more...

What do you do if you get the bird flu?

See your doctor. There are several effective medications, which if taken early in the course of influenza are very effective in reducing symptoms, shortening the duration of disease and reducing secondary complications. Read more...

What things make it more likely to get bird flu?

Working with birds. True avian flu can be contracted by working closely with chickens, turkeys and ducks in the food industry. The infected bird can transmit the virus to the human. Some strains aren't able to be transmitted to people. Read more...
Close contact. Close contact with animals infected or carrying the particular strain of influenza virus is the usual way of getting infection. It may contact with poultry, ducks and pigs. It is only rarely transmitted from one human to another. Read more...

Are children more likely to get sicker from bird flu?

Yes. Their immune system is not as strong to fight bird flu as easily. Older people are also more prone to get sicker for the same reason. Read more...
Yes. Especially infants. Influenza has particularly severe effects in infants and the elderly who usually have the least ability to fight it off. Read more...

How long does it take to get over the bird flu?

Longer than flu. "bird flu" , or avian influenza, in general is moe serious than seasonal influenza. It is not uncommon to be sick for longer than a week, and for some symtoms such as cough to last for weeks as this influenza causes moe irritation of the airways and that takes longer to heal. Take it much slower and get plenty of rest. Thank goodness bird flu is extrememly rare in this country. Read more...

Are elderly more likely to get sicker from bird flu?

Yes. The elderly, infants and kids, those with a lowered immune system (hiv, cancers, etc), and pregnant women are much more likely to get complications from any type of flu. That's why flu vaccines are so important- even if you don't fall into one of these categories, you may be around someone who does. Give your grandmother a poem for the holidays, not the flu. Read more...
Yes. The elderly are especially likley to have complications of influenza. Other chronic illnesses may be present and recoverey longer. Read more...