Friday, April 5, 2013

Avian Influenza Virus (Bird Flu)






Avian Influenza Virus is also known as Bird Flu or Avian Flu. 


Symptoms 

Symptoms of having high fever 

Causes 

Mostly human contracted the avian flu by handling dead infected birds or contact with infected fluids.

Although it’s easy to contact the virus from birds to human, it is difficult to transfer the virus from human to human without close and prolonged contact. 

Causes of avian influenza virus are by infection of any of many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific animal host. 

All of the known viruses that cause influenza in birds belong to the species influenza A virus. 

All subtypes but not all strains of influenza A virus are adapted to birds 

Viral subtypes 

There are numerous subtypes but only four (4) are known that is highly pathogenic to humans.

These are: 

  • H5N1 
  • H7N3 
  • H7N7
  • H9N2 

Prevention 

  • Possible future infection can be reduce by subjecting to influenza vaccination 
  • Do not travel to areas with known high infection. 
  • Always practice good hygiene
  • Exercise and eat healthy and balanced food


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