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Postby vetkash » Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:03 am

Avian- Another word for birds
Influenza- A contagious disease of the lungs, abbreviated as “flu.”
Bird Flu- A flu virus carried by birds that can be transmitted to humans and other animals also known as Avian Influenza
Domesticated Animals- Animals that live around humans
Contagious- Capable of transmitting disease
Zoonotic- Infectious disease that can be passed from animals to humans

• Bird flu is a lethal variant of the flu virus that poses a major threat to the world’s population.
What causes avian influenza?
• Avian influenza, also known as “bird flu,” is caused by a virus.
• Virus is Latin for “poison.”
• The flu is a contagious disease caused by a virus that normally only infects birds.
• Wild birds such as ducks and geese have been shown to be “silent carriers” of the virus.
• Wild birds can spread the virus to domestic poultry flocks.
• Bird flu is especially devastating to domestic poultry.
• The symptoms range from typical flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to more serious health conditions.Pneumonia, severe respiratory disease, and eye infections have resulted from human infections of H5N1.
• This virus has the ability to infect young and healthy people, unlike most flu viruses that primarily infect the elderly and young children.
What should you Do in a Possible Flu Outbreak?
• Stay CLEAR of contact with infected people. Use a protective mask. Although not 100% protective, a mask can help trap some of the virus particles.
• If you are around an infected person, take your temperature often. WATCH for flu-like symptoms.
• CALL your doctor to discuss treatment. Seek medical attention within 24 hours of symptoms.
What should you do to Prepare for an Outbreak?
1) DO NOT panic.
2) DO keep eating.
You cannot get flu from eating fully cooked chicken and duck. Avoid eating undercooked eggs or poultry.
3) DO get a flu vaccine.
The vaccine will not be effective against bird flu, but it can protect you from circulating other flu viruses.
4) DO avoid hot spots with known infections if you travel.
5) DO stay clean by washing your hands frequently.
Use soap, water, and alcohol-based gels.
6)Shut Down
• In an effort to quarantine the outbreak, schools might be closed, transportation shut down, and the economy could come to a virtual halt.
• The transport of food could stop.
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