What do we know about Avian Influenza?
Avian influenza is a Type A viruses commonly known as bird flu that causes infection in aquatic birds, domestic poultry and animal species. It is very contagious in birds and even causes death in domesticated bird like chickens, ducks, and turkeys. It affects the humans and other mammals also through virus infected birds. H5N1 has killed nearly 60% of the infected people in 1997.
Who are at high risk of Avian Influenza?
Aged people above 65 years
Exposure to influenza
Health care workers
What are the symptoms of Avian Influenza?
Shortness of breath
How Avian Influenza is fatal?
If remain untreated it can cause:
What are effective ways to control Avian Influenza?
Eating fully cooked chicken or eggs
Drink plenty of water
Medications within 48 hours of symptoms
Wash hands thoroughly
How humans catch virus (Avian Influenza)?
Cleaning of infected birds
Plucking of infected birds
Inhalation of aerosolized materials
Swimming or bathing in contaminated water
Handling of cocks fighting