Bird flu, or avian flu, is a disease found in birds that is potentially harmful to humans if it infects them. While the flu kills off mainly flocks of birds, there have been about 400 human cases, about 60% of which were fatal.
Symptoms of bird flu include: fever above 100.4 F, coughing, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, sore throat, headaches, malaise, muscle aches, and a runny nose.
Humans contract the virus mostly through direct contact with infected birds, or by eating undercooked eggs or poultry meat from infected birds. So, while the avian flu is currently not widespread, experts fear an epidemic breaking out.
Avian Influenza, AKA Bird Flu, AKA H5N1, is a strain of the flu infectious to birds. It concerns humans, as we have no built in immunity to it, and a mutated strain that can infect humans can quickly turn into an epidemic. About 400 people have been reported to have contracted Avian Flu, and children and the elderly are particularly susceptible.
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