What are the odds you’ll catch avian flu in asia? My friend got sick her last couple of days in asia. She has flu-like symptoms. Could it be avian flu? Should she call her doctor?
Avian . Avian flu (also known as bird flu, or influenza a h5n1) is a worrisome infection of domestic poultry and other animals found in many parts of the world. Human infections have been documented after close contact with infected animals, with a mortality rate of about 50%. The risk of a traveler currently becoming infected with avian influeza is very small. This risk can be further reduced by avoiding bird markets. Travel precautions can be reviewed prior to departure ( http://wwwnc.Cdc.Gov/travel/) . A person's risk of being infected with regular seasonal influenza is currently much higher than the risk of avian flu. Regular flu can be dangerous, especially to infants, elders and pregnant women. This common infection can be prevented with the flu vaccine. Web sites with useful information include the cdc (http://www.Cdc.Gov/flu/avian/gen-info/avian-flu-humans.Htm), who (http://www.Who.Int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/updates/en/index.Html) and international sos (https://www.Internationalsos.Com/en/index.Htm) if your friend is sick with flu like symptoms, she should see a physician. If she has already returned home, she should inform her doctor of her travels. I have assisted a number of companies and institutions in writing and managing their pandemic response plans. Among the important concerns addressed by these plans are the risks of "avian flu.".