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Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:13 AM EDT
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Bird flu symptoms

Although there have been too few human cases to determine the exact incubation period of bird flu, it would be expected to be from three to 10 days. The symptoms of bird flu in humans are similar to those of regular influenza and include:

Complications Of Bird flu
Bird flu in humans can cause a range of serious and potentially fatal complications, including: Tell your doctor if you've been to a country where there is bird flu
If you have recently returned from a country that had an outbreak of bird flu and you get flu symptoms, see your doctor immediately. When making the appointment, tell the clinic staff about your travel including any visits to markets, farms or anywhere else where birds were present.

Influenza viruses can mutate
Influenza viruses that infect animal species can mutate and infect humans. The human immune system may have no defences against viruses that previously only infected animals. That's why infection with these viruses can result in more severe disease in people.

If the H5N1 bird flu virus were to mix with a human influenza virus, such a 'combined' virus could create a new human influenza virus that could spread rapidly.

Health experts are concerned that the current bird flu affecting Asia could become a worldwide pandemic if the virus does mutate. The worst influenza pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu, which occurred in 1918–19 and killed up to 50 million people.

Measures to contain the spread of the current bird flu virus include identifying and culling affected poultry flocks, research into tests and vaccines, and rigorous quarantine practices.

Treatment options
Several antiviral medications used to treat human influenza are also effective for bird flu. These could be used if a person developed symptoms after possible exposure to bird flu, or to prevent illness in a person who was in close contact with bird flu. Currently testing for bird flu vaccines is an ongoing process.

At the moment, there is no need for people living in USA, or people making short visits to countries with cases of bird flu, to have antiviral medications. Americans living long-term in countries affected by bird flu should consider having a supply of antiviral medications in the home to use on medical advice should the situation change while they are away from the US.

The Federal government is stockpiling Relenza and Tamiflu, two drugs that may be used in the treatment of human cases of bird flu. In the case of an outbreak in humans, these drugs would be used to maintain essential services, prevent transmission and provide treatment for people who are already ill.

A vaccine against bird flu is in development, but is not currently available. The current influenza vaccines will not protect humans against bird flu. However, people who may be exposed to bird flu should consider being vaccinated against human influenza viruses to reduce the risk of the viruses 'mixing' to form a new flu strain.

Advice for travellers
Be aware of the risk of bird flu if you are travelling to a country where outbreaks are occurring. Suggestions include:
Bird Flu: Anglesey pheasants to be culled after confirmed cases - BBC News
28 Jan 2021 at 2:54am
Bird Flu: Anglesey pheasants to be culled after confirmed cases - BBC News
28 Jan 2021 at 2:54am
Has bird flu come to Cornwall? - Somerset County Gazette
28 Jan 2021 at 2:10am
Has bird flu come to Cornwall? - Somerset County Gazette
28 Jan 2021 at 2:10am
Isle of Wight bird flu update as restrictions remain in force - Isle of Wight...
27 Jan 2021 at 10:00pm
Isle of Wight bird flu update as restrictions remain in force - Isle of Wight...
27 Jan 2021 at 10:00pm
Bird Flu: Over 7,100 birds culled in UP?s biggest-ever operation since 2013 -...
27 Jan 2021 at 9:36pm
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27 Jan 2021 at 9:36pm
Himachal: Five migratory birds found dead, bird flu toll nears 5k - The India...
27 Jan 2021 at 8:40pm
Himachal: Five migratory birds found dead, bird flu toll nears 5k - The India...
27 Jan 2021 at 8:40pm
More Dera Bassi farm samples test +ve for bird flu - The Tribune India
27 Jan 2021 at 6:37pm
More Dera Bassi farm samples test +ve for bird flu - The Tribune India
27 Jan 2021 at 6:37pm
Bird flu in India: 9 states confirm avian influenza outbreak in poultry birds...
27 Jan 2021 at 11:23am
Bird flu in India: 9 states confirm avian influenza outbreak in poultry birds...
27 Jan 2021 at 11:23am
Five migratory waterbirds found dead in HP, bird flu suspected - Outlook India
27 Jan 2021 at 9:23am
Five migratory waterbirds found dead in HP, bird flu suspected - Outlook India
27 Jan 2021 at 9:23am
9 states confirm outbreak of bird flu in poultry birds - Economic Times
27 Jan 2021 at 6:41am
9 states confirm outbreak of bird flu in poultry birds - Economic Times
27 Jan 2021 at 6:41am
Hong Kong stops import of poultry goods from bird flu-impacted regions in Ger...
27 Jan 2021 at 3:38am
Hong Kong stops import of poultry goods from bird flu-impacted regions in Ger...
27 Jan 2021 at 3:38am
Italy reports H5N8 bird flu oubtreak in central part of the country - OIE - S...
26 Jan 2021 at 12:03pm
Italy reports H5N8 bird flu oubtreak in central part of the country - OIE - S...
26 Jan 2021 at 12:03pm
Bird flu kills 90 more birds including 12 peacocks in Rajasthan - The New Ind...
26 Jan 2021 at 11:30am
Bird flu kills 90 more birds including 12 peacocks in Rajasthan - The New Ind...
26 Jan 2021 at 11:30am
Czech poultry markets, outside flocks banned over bird flu - Successful Farming
26 Jan 2021 at 9:07am
Czech poultry markets, outside flocks banned over bird flu - Successful Farming
26 Jan 2021 at 9:07am
Maharashtra bird flu: 289 more birds found dead, tally 18,700 - Mint
26 Jan 2021 at 5:46am
Maharashtra bird flu: 289 more birds found dead, tally 18,700 - Mint
26 Jan 2021 at 5:46am
Sweden's Kalmar County to Cull 1.3 Million Chickens Due to Bird Flu Outbreak ...
26 Jan 2021 at 3:26am
Sweden's Kalmar County to Cull 1.3 Million Chickens Due to Bird Flu Outbreak ...
26 Jan 2021 at 3:26am
S. Korea confirms 73rd case of highly pathogenic bird flu - The Korea Herald
25 Jan 2021 at 6:28pm
S. Korea confirms 73rd case of highly pathogenic bird flu - The Korea Herald
25 Jan 2021 at 6:28pm
Sweden to cull 1.3 mln chicken after bird flu hits farm: report - Xinhua | En...
25 Jan 2021 at 12:26pm
Sweden to cull 1.3 mln chicken after bird flu hits farm: report - Xinhua | En...
25 Jan 2021 at 12:26pm
Bird flu: All you need to know about the origin, human cases, and tips to pre...
25 Jan 2021 at 4:55am
Bird flu: All you need to know about the origin, human cases, and tips to pre...
25 Jan 2021 at 4:55am
Bird flu confirmed in 9 states for poultry, 12 states for crow, wild birds, c...
24 Jan 2021 at 6:44pm
Bird flu confirmed in 9 states for poultry, 12 states for crow, wild birds, c...
24 Jan 2021 at 6:44pm
Bird flu: Highly infectious H5N1 virus found in samples sent from Panchkula -...
23 Jan 2021 at 12:10pm
Bird flu: Highly infectious H5N1 virus found in samples sent from Panchkula -...
23 Jan 2021 at 12:10pm