What is Avian Flu?
Avian influenza, also known as avian flu or bird flu, is a highly infectious virus that spreads among many species of birds. The virus is closely related to human flu viruses. There are 16 types of bird flu, but the deadly H5N1 virus has occurred in humans around the world.
How common is Avian Flu?
Since 2003 the World Health Organisation has confirmed over 400 cases of H5N1 in humans across the world, which has led to over 250 deaths.
What are the symptoms of Avian Flu?
Symptoms of Avian flu in humans are similar to other types of flu. They include sudden fever, dry chesty cough, headache, tiredness, chills, aching muscles, joint pain, stomach upset, sneezing and difficulty sleeping. These symptoms can come on suddenly and usually last for up to a week.
How is Avian Flu treated?
Patients with avian flu will be kept in isolation with plenty of rest, fluids and antiviral medication.
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