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Avian Influenza ("Bird Flu" or "Avian Flu")

chickens and people infected with the avian flu

What is it?
Avian influenza (also known as bird flu) is a type of infectious disease generally found in birds and is caused by a strain of the influenza virus. It was first identified in Italy over a 100 years ago and is now known to exist worldwide. [Source: CNN]

What are the symptoms?
In humans, it has been found that avian flu causes similar symptoms to other types of flu:
  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • muscle aches
  • conjunctivitis
  • in severe cases of avian flu, it can cause severe breathing problems and pneumonia, and can be fatal.
[Source: BUPA]

Web Resources Avian Flu
Bird Flu Today
CNN's Health Library - Information provided in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic
Global Changes' "The Threat from Bird Flu"
Google News on Avian Influenza - This link will provide up-to-date news from major media outlets
Science Explained: "Chicken Flu"

Health Organizations' Resources
Center for Disease Control (CDC): Avian Influenza
FAO's Animal Production and Health Division
OSHA, Protecting Workers from Flu
University of Davis Veterinary Medical Extension Avian Influenza Fact Sheet
World Health Organization: Avian Flu

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Last Updated July 27, 2012
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