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Updated: Saturday, October 01, 2022 4:48 PM 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:
County reminds residents to be mindful of bird flu threat - Redwood City Pulse
1 Oct 2022 at 11:49am
County reminds residents to be mindful of bird flu threat - Redwood City Pulse
1 Oct 2022 at 11:49am
Bird flu: Norfolk Broads 'littered with the bodies of dead birds' - BBC
1 Oct 2022 at 1:37am
Bird flu: Norfolk Broads 'littered with the bodies of dead birds' - BBC
1 Oct 2022 at 1:37am
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30 Sep 2022 at 7:04pm
UDAF announces 400,000 turkeys killed, euthanized on farms since April from b...
30 Sep 2022 at 7:04pm
Hunters, backyard bird feeders warned of bird flu potential - PennLive
30 Sep 2022 at 2:02pm
Hunters, backyard bird feeders warned of bird flu potential - PennLive
30 Sep 2022 at 2:02pm
Polis declares second bird flu emergency after 1 million animals affected in ...
30 Sep 2022 at 10:59am
Polis declares second bird flu emergency after 1 million animals affected in ...
30 Sep 2022 at 10:59am
France raises bird flu alert level after resurgence of virus - Reuters.com
30 Sep 2022 at 10:48am
France raises bird flu alert level after resurgence of virus - Reuters.com
30 Sep 2022 at 10:48am
Dead ducks at The Crossings had bird flu, lab reports - Times Union
29 Sep 2022 at 11:18am
Dead ducks at The Crossings had bird flu, lab reports - Times Union
29 Sep 2022 at 11:18am
Walz rule helps battle bird flu...Stearns, Meeker County operations hit - KWL...
29 Sep 2022 at 5:30am
Walz rule helps battle bird flu...Stearns, Meeker County operations hit - KWL...
29 Sep 2022 at 5:30am
Bird flu virus out of control warn farmers in East of England - BBC
29 Sep 2022 at 3:12am
Bird flu virus out of control warn farmers in East of England - BBC
29 Sep 2022 at 3:12am
Bird flu has been detected in a Dallas County backyard flock - The Dallas Mor...
28 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Bird flu has been detected in a Dallas County backyard flock - The Dallas Mor...
28 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Farms taking precautions against bird flu - Spectrum News 1
27 Sep 2022 at 4:00pm
Farms taking precautions against bird flu - Spectrum News 1
27 Sep 2022 at 4:00pm
Bird flu hitting Alberta harder than other provinces | CTV News - CTV News Ca...
27 Sep 2022 at 12:13pm
Bird flu hitting Alberta harder than other provinces | CTV News - CTV News Ca...
27 Sep 2022 at 12:13pm
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27 Sep 2022 at 10:30am
Can dogs catch bird flu? - Eastern Daily Press
27 Sep 2022 at 10:30am
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27 Sep 2022 at 5:54am
The UK's largest avian flu outbreak has left millions of birds dead ? and sci...
27 Sep 2022 at 5:54am
Queens Park in Crewe to remain open despite Avian Bird Flu cases - Nantwich News
26 Sep 2022 at 6:40am
Queens Park in Crewe to remain open despite Avian Bird Flu cases - Nantwich News
26 Sep 2022 at 6:40am
Thanksgiving Turkeys at Record Prices as Bird Flu Wipes Out Eggs in US - Bloo...
23 Sep 2022 at 12:25pm
Thanksgiving Turkeys at Record Prices as Bird Flu Wipes Out Eggs in US - Bloo...
23 Sep 2022 at 12:25pm
Bird flu cases confirmed in Suffolk and Essex - BBC
20 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Bird flu cases confirmed in Suffolk and Essex - BBC
20 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
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15 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Important safety information for the public about Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) ...
15 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Bird flu detected at poultry farm in Belize - caribbeannationalweekly.com
15 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Bird flu detected at poultry farm in Belize - caribbeannationalweekly.com
15 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Healthline: Bird flu has arrived in the U.S. earlier than expected - Universi...
15 Sep 2022 at 12:00am
Healthline: Bird flu has arrived in the U.S. earlier than expected - Universi...
15 Sep 2022 at 12:00am