Health Risk Assessment: Evaluating Your Risk for Avian Flu

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Health Risk Assessment: Evaluating Your Risk for Avian Flu

In 2005 we witnessed the emergence of avian influenza also called “the avian bird flu” or simply “the bird flu.” This disease occurs naturally in birds and is caused by a virus. Although wild birds can carry the disease and not get sick, domestic birds (chicken and turnkey) can get sick and spread the disease quickly among the flock causing sickness and death. Generally the threat to humans is low. However, while there is an outbreak of bird flu, people who are exposed to sick birds are at risk for contracting the disease.

Human risk of infection with the avian flu is based on these factors:

• Contact with infected birds or poultry
• Contact with surfaces contaminated with bird or poultry bodily fluids
• Living among pigs and infected poultry

Bird flu prevention is a top priority for researchers. Currently studies are underway for a bird flu vaccine to protect against the disease. Also, many governments are preparing for the bird flu and for possible outbreaks in the future.

Human risk of infection with the avian flu is based on these factors:

• Contact with infected birds or poultry
• Contact with surfaces contaminated with bird or poultry bodily fluids
• Living among pigs and infected poultry

Bird flu prevention is a top priority for researchers. Currently studies are underway for a bird flu vaccine to protect against the disease. Also, many governments are preparing for the bird flu and for possible outbreaks in the future.

   

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