How to Recognize Bird Flu Symptoms (Avian Influenza Symptoms)

Avian influenza virus applies to influenza A viruses found mainly in birds, but infections with the viruses can take place in humans. Most cases of avian flu in humans are the results of contact with infected poultry (e.g., chickens, ducks, and turkeys) or surfaces tainted with secretions or waste matter from diseased birds. This article will help recognize the symptoms of avian influenza.


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    Know if you are at risk. If you come into contact with any of the following, you may be at risk of becoming infected with the virus:
    • Infected domesticated birds, such as chickens, turkeys, or ducks.
    • Cages and food or water containers used by infected birds.
    • Dirt or bedding used by infected birds.
    • The carcass of a bird that has died from influenza A virus.
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    Be aware of the symptoms of bird flu. Look for the following:
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    Keep in mind that the symptoms of bird flu may rely upon which virus brought about the infection.
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    Know that bird flu cannot be diagnosed by simply observing symptoms, laboratory tests are required. Usually the illness is diagnosed by obtaining a swab from your throat or nose the first few days you are sick.


  • Be safe. Take the following steps to safeguard against possible infection:

    • Before and after handling raw poultry and eggs - wash your hands with warm water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds.
    • Cook your eggs till whites and yolks are firm.
    • Clean cutting boards, tableware and all surfaces with soap and hot water to prevent contamination from raw poultry.
    • Use a food thermometer. Cook poultry to a temperature of at least 165 degrees.
    • When warm water and soap are unavailable, use a waterless alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer.
  • Prescribed medicines approved for human flu viruses should work in treating bird flu in humans.
  • Properly handled and cooked poultry and eggs cannot spread the virus.
  • In 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of a vaccine for humans against avian flu virus in the event of an influenza pandemic.
  • If you are a traveler and plan on visiting an area known to be affected by avian flu virus, take the following precautions:

    • Avoid all direct contact with birds, both domesticated and wild.
    • Do not visit poultry farms or markets where birds are sold or displayed.
    • Shun any poultry or eggs that have not been thoroughly cooked.
    • Never eat any poultry that is served raw or undercooked.
    • Avoid touching surfaces that have bird feces or fluids on them.
    • Obey all local health recommendations.


  • A seasonal influenza vaccine does not provide protection against bird flu.
  • Flu viruses can become immune to certain drugs, so some medications may fail to work.

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