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What're the symptoms of avian influenza in people?

The symptoms are similar to that of other forms of influenza, including fever, sore throat, cough, headache and muscle aches & pains. The flu is different from a cold. The symptoms can vary from a mild disease with little or no mortality to a highly fatal, rapidly spreading epidemic (highly pathogenic avian influenza) depending on the infecting virus strain, host factors, and environmental stressors. Human infection with the H7 avian influenza viruses is rare, however persons who have had close contact with infected birds may become infected and exhibit symptoms, most commonly conjunctivitis and/or upper respiratory symptoms. The reported symptoms of avian influenza in humans have ranged from typical influenza-like symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever and muscle aches) to eye infections, pneumonia, acute respiratory distress, viral pneumonia and other severe and life-threatening complications.

 

More information on avian influenza

What is avian influenza? - Avian influenza is a contagious disease of animals caused by type A strains of influenza viruses that normally infect only birds.
What're avian influenza viruses? - The causative agent is the avian influenza (AI) virus. AI viruses all belong to the influenza virus A genus of the Orthomyxoviridae family.
What're the symptoms of avian influenza in people? - The symptoms are of avian influenza similar to that of other forms of influenza, including fever, sore throat, cough, headache and muscle aches and pains.
How is avian influenza diagnosed? - Diagnosis of avian influenza may be made on the basis of symptoms and events leading to the disease.
What's the treatment for avian influenza? - There is no effective treatment for avian influenza. Good husbandry, proper nutrition, and broad spectrum antibiotics may reduce secondary infections.
How to prevent avian influenza? - Annual vaccines are produced for routine use in protecting humans during seasonal epidemics of avian influenza.
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