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How can one contract the avian flu and what are it's symptoms?

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To prevent contracting the avian flu, avoid contact with infected birds. If you have normal flu symptoms, eye infections, or respiratory issues, you many have the avian flu.

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It is one of the less frequent complaints of those with swine flu (A-H1N1/09) and is similar to the scratchy or itchy eyes you can get with a cold or other flu.The Avian "Bird" Flu is more known for having this as one of the first symptoms. But this flu is extremely rare among people.


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It depends on how you define "worse". If in numbers of people made sick and spread of the flu, then H1N1/09, that caused a pandemic, would be the worst of the two. But, if you consider "worse" to mean having the worst symptoms and highest death rates, that would be the Avian ("Bird") flu where around 50% to 60% of those infected die and swine flu has a mortality rate below 1%. Luckily, Avian flu is not as easily spread as other flu viruses, and it does not spread from human to human in ordinary situations, it requires contact with a diseased bird or its feces, saliva or other secretions. Most epidemiologists believe that the Avian (bird) flu is more dangerous because the symptoms and course of the disease are worse. It is a more virulent flu, unlike the relatively mild Swine Flu (A-H1N1/09). Although the Swine Flu has spread much faster and farther. Avian flu is still rare world-wide. The biggest concern is if the two types of flu combine to form one that is as rapidly spread as Swine flu and as virulent as Bird Flu.


The chance of a domesticated bird, Parrot, Budgie, etc. getting the Avian Flu is virtually impossible. I have had a cold for the past month of having my two budgies, and I think it might possibly be allergies, but I am not ready to give them up. Since domesticated birds mainly live inside homes, and rarely get close to wild birds, the chance of them getting Avian Flu is so slim that Avian Vets don't even pay attention to it. However there is that small chance, and if you see these symptoms your budgie might have Avian Flu: -Diarrhea -Heavy Breathing -Vomiting -Staying on bottom of cage for prolonged periods of time -Not eating -Sneezing Constantly -Sleeping all the time Avian Flu can also mutate to infect humans, (again the chance is very slim) and here are the symptoms in humans: (Most like cold symptoms) -Headache -Runny Nose -Cough -Sore Throat If you get these symptoms see your doctor. But you don't need to worry one bit. It is almost impossible for your budgie to catch bird flu. So, have fun with your birds and don't worry! If you live in a place that has had an outbreak of Avian Flu in wild birds like Crows and Chickens, you may want to see your doctor.


Yes. It does contain genetic material of Avian Flu in addition to three types of swine flu and also human flu viruses. (Avian flu is also called "Bird Flu"). When a virus mutates like this one did in pigs with five different genomes in the virus, it is called a quintuple reassortant (also known as reassortment) virus.The three types of swine flu genetic material in the A-H1N1/09 pandemic flu are American swine flu, Asian swine flu, and European swine flu.


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"Hong Kong Flu" was a strain of H3N2 influenza virus and was an epidemic in 1968-1969 that was the first known outbreak of H3N2 at the time. It began in Hong Kong but spread internationally and killed approximately 1 million people worldwide. There are still other strains of H3N2 circulating under other names today.Hong Kong Flu is often confused with the current H5N1, Avian "bird" flu, and the symptoms are the same, except Hong Kong flu was much less deadly than Avian flu is in humans.The symptoms of Hong Kong flu were those of most any influenza infection: high fever, joint pain, muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, runny nose, and severe cough. In addition, a common symptom was eye irritation and redness(aka conjunctivitis). The eye irritation symptom is also in common with the Avian flu, and that is partly why they get confused with each other. Also, Hong Kong flu was sometimes spread by birds, as can be the Avian flu, but Hong Kong flu spread very easily and quickly, more like the H1N1/09 swine flu and unlike the Avian flu, which, thankfully (since approximately 50 - 60 % of those infected with "bird flu" die), it did not spread from human to human easily at all.Other strains of H3N2 influenza virus still circulate today, one strain is known as the Fujian Flu from an outbreak in that area more recent than the Hong Kong Flu. It is also known as "Perth-like" flu and many of the seasonal flu vaccines over recent years have included a strain of H3N2 Perth-like virus.The H3N2 Perth-like influenza virus is one of the three types of flu in the vaccines for the 2011-2012 Flu season in the Northern Hemisphere.


Epidemiologists believe that the Avian (bird) flu is more dangerous because the symptoms and course of the disease are worse. It results in death in 50 to 60% of those infected. It is a more virulent flu, unlike the relatively mild Swine Flu (A-H1N1/09). Although the Swine Flu is spreading faster. The biggest concern is if the two types of flu combine to form one that is as rapidly spread as Swine flu and as virulent as Bird Flu.


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Thankfully that has not happened. Avian flu is very very rare in humans world wide and H1N1 spread through the entire world and infected millions of people. Usually people are only infected by one flu virus at a time, although why that happens isn't fully understood. The biggest fear of someone having both viruses is that the viruses could "combine" (reassort/become a reassortant) to create a new mutation of the viruses with characteristics of both diseases. H1N1 usually has rather mild symptoms as flu infections go, but it spreads from human to human very easily and quickly. Avian ("Bird") flu does not spread from human to human except in extremely rare conditions, it is ordinarily caught directly from a bird, but it causes a very deadly (50 to 60% of those infected die) infection. If a mutation had the ability to spread rapidly but have the mortality rate of the avian flu, there could be a pandemic with loss of life in proportions not seen before in recorded history.


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