Avian influenza, known informally as avian flu or bird flu, is a variety of influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds. The type with the greatest risk is highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Bird flu is similar to swine flu, dog flu, horse flu and human flu as an illness caused by strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host. Out of the three types of influenza viruses (A, B, and C), influenza A virus is a zoonotic infection with a natural reservoir almost entirely in birds. Avian influenza, for most purposes, refers to the influenza A virus.
Treatment and precautions for bird flu? Take a look:
wash your hands often with warm water and soap, especially before and after handling food, in particular raw poultry.
use different utensils for cooked and raw meat.
make sure meat is cooked until steaming hot.
avoid contact with live birds and poultry.
So, how does it spread?
The disease is transmitted to humans through contact with infected bird feces, nasal secretions, or secretions from the mouth or eyes. Consuming properly cooked poultry or eggs from infected birds doesn’t transmit the bird flu, but eggs should never be served runny.
What are BIRD FLU symptoms?
The symptoms for avian influenza include:
- respiratory difficulties
- fever (over 100.4°F or 38°C)
- muscle aches
- runny nose
- sore throat