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Which bird gives flu?
Avian influenza refers to the disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species.
Can birds give you the flu?
Infected birds have virus in their saliva, mucous and droppings (feces). Bird flu viruses spread easily between birds. Some of these viruses can cause serious illness and death in domestic poultry (like chickens, ducks and turkeys). It is rare for people to get infected with bird flu viruses, but it can happen.
What animal did the Asian flu come from?
In February 1957, a new influenza A (H2N2) virus emerged in East Asia, triggering a pandemic (“Asian Flu”). This H2N2 virus was comprised of three different genes from an H2N2 virus that originated from an avian influenza A virus, including the H2 hemagglutinin and the N2 neuraminidase genes.
What happens if we get bird flu?
Bird flu symptoms in humans can vary and range from “typical” flu symptoms (fever, sore throat, muscle pain) to eye infections and pneumonia. The disease caused by the H5N1 virus is a particularly severe form of pneumonia that leads to viral pneumonia and multiorgan failure in many people who become infected.
What virus caused the Hong Kong flu?
The 1968 pandemic was caused by an influenza A (H3N2) virus comprised of two genes from an avian influenza A virus, including a new H3 hemagglutinin, but also contained the N2 neuraminidase from the 1957 H2N2 virus.
What happens if we eat bird flu chicken?
Yes, it is safe to consume poultry meat and eggs. According to the WHO official site, there is no epidemiological data which suggests that the disease can be transmitted to humans through cooked food (even if the bird was contaminated with the virus before cooking).
Why are epidemiologists particularly concerned about bird influenza viruses?
There is concern that avian influenza viruses that are known to have infected humans could change into a form easily spread from birds to humans and then from human to human. If this were to happen, what is known as an influenza pandemic could occur.
What states are affected by bird flu?
state, Influenza. Further cases of avian influenza have been reported in the US, as the disease increases its spread. The states of Montana and South Dakota are the latest to be effected by bird flu, which has also been present in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
What are the effects of bird flu?
Bird flu (avian flu or avian influenza) refers to strains of influenza that primarily affect wild and domesticated birds. Bird flu is named H or N depending on the proteins found on the surface of the virus. Bird flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, and. nausea.
Is bird flu still a danger?
Currently, a particularly deadly strain of bird flu — H5N1 — continues to spread among poultry in Egypt and in certain parts of Asia. Technically, H5N1 is a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus. It’s deadly to most birds. And it’s deadly to humans and to other mammals that catch the virus from birds.
What are the symptoms of bird flu?
Signs and symptoms of bird flu may begin within two to eight days of infection, depending on the type. In most cases, they resemble those of conventional influenza, including: Cough. Fever. Sore throat. Muscle aches. Headache. Shortness of breath.