Avian influenze (bird flu)
Avian influenza is a viral infection also known as Bird flu. There are over a dozen types of bird flus, including two strains - H5N1 and H7N9. Most forms of the virus are limited to birds, however, both H5N1 and H7N9 strains have recently infected humans. The most common form of bird flu is H5N1 that was first discovered in humans in 1997. H5N1 has killed nearly 60% of infected people and is deadly to most birds. Health officials do worry about pandemics related to this strain.
Symptoms of Bird Flu
An infected bird may show symptoms within two to seven days of infection, depending on the strain of flu. These symptoms may include:
- Sore throat
- Breathing problems
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
Treatment for Bird Flu
Treatments for bird flu may vary depending on the strain, however, some effective medications include oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), and peramivir (Rapivab). Most medications must be given within 48 hours after symptoms first appear, so it is important to seek the advice of a veterinarian immediately as the treatment may vary depending on symptoms and types of bird flu.
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