BIRD FLU IN HUMANS

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AVIAN INFLUENZA IN HUMANS

Published By Livemint | 04 Dec, 2022

 Europe and the US is seeing the worst-ever bird flu outbreak, with over 160 million birds killed worldwide

Avian influenza, also known as bird flu, is caused by avian influenza (flu) Type A viruses

Most commonly found in wild aquatic birds, it can also infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species

While there have been very few human cases of bird flu, it can cause asymptomatic, mild, or even fatal disease

Bird flu in Humans

Bird flu infection in humans are most common after close contact with infected birds

Spread

Bird flu virus infections in humans range from no symptoms to mild flu like symptoms

Symptoms

Bird flu is detected using a lab test that includes a swab test from the sick patient's nose or throat

Detection 

Get vaccinated with seasonal flu vaccine every year

Prevention

Avoid unprotected contact with domestic birds that appear sick or have died

Prevention