Bird Flu Illustration

  • 1. Symptoms of having a bird flu

  • You may have an H5N1 infection if you experience typical flu-like symptoms such as:
    cough
    diarrhea
    respiratory difficulties
    fever 100.4°F or 38°F)
    headache
    muscle aches
    malaise
    runny nose
    sore throat
    If you are exposed to bird flu, you should notify staff before you arrive at the doctor's office or hospital. Alerting them ahead of time will allow them to take precautions to protect staff and other patients before caring for you.

  • 2. How to prevent the flu

  • Currently, the best way to prevent infection with avian influenza A viruses is to avoid sources of exposure whenever possible. Infected birds shed avian influenza virus in their saliva, mucous and feces. Human infections with bird flu viruses can happen when enough virus gets into a person’s eyes, nose or mouth, or is inhaled.

  • 3. How do the birds look like

  • Infected birds can shed avian influenza A viruses in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces. Susceptible birds become infected when they have contact with the virus as it is shed by infected birds. They also can become infected through contact with surfaces that are contaminated with virus from infected birds.

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