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Bird flu (avian influenza)

Bird flu (avian influenza): Introduction

Bird flu (avian influenza): Bird flu refers to influenza A invection. Influenza A is a viral respiratory infection that can usually occurs in birds (especially poultry) but can be transmitted to humans and cause serious illness. The virus is contagious and can cause severe illness especially in patients who are very young or old or have some other medical condition as well. The severity of symptoms can vary but usually involves respiratory and constitutional (e.g. headache, aching muscles) symptoms. The influenza virus can mutate and produce different strains though the symptoms are the same. This frequent mutation means that people need regular vaccinations to ensure they are protected against new strains as they arise. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Bird flu (avian influenza) is available below.

Symptoms of Bird flu (avian influenza)

Treatments for Bird flu (avian influenza)

  • Antiviral medications may reduce the severity and duration of symptoms in some cases. Rest and fluids aid recovery. Medications may be used to alleviate symptoms such as pain, fever and nasal congestion. Regular flu shots can prevent influenza infections
  • Supportive therapy - IV fluids, Oxygen therapy, ventilation if required
  • Antiviral drugs
    • Zanamivir (Relenza)
    • Oseltamivir (Tamiflu)
  • more treatments...»

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