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Up to date reports of the bird flu have seen it affecting people in Asian and European countries. Concerns are with the spread of the fatal influenza via winter migration of birds from these countries, which has been shown to infect pig and human populations. Thus far, no cases of human to human transmission have been documented, but the fear is that once the virus develops the ability to spread from human to human a global pandemic will ensue that could kill many millions of people. Infection with the virus can cause such complications as conjunctivitis, pneumonia and other severe lung diseases, to name a few. America is stockpiling anti-viral medications and making containment plans with health workers to prevent early cases from impacting on the country, however, these are in short supply and simple recommendations to prevent the spread of disease by washing hands, avoiding birds, and cooking poultry and eggs thoroughly are being issued. Current influenza vaccines do not protect against this particular type of flu, known as influenza type A, or H5N1.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by VolanteOnline.com
About: Avian flu concerns
Date: 19 October 2005
Author: Jennifer Muhmel
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