Avian Influenza (also known as Bird Flu)

Bird flu is categorized as being either low path or high path. Low path is ordinary virus infection that afflicts birds. Low path poses little threat to human health and safety. High path bird influenza, however, is a form that can be transmitted to humans and potentially and then transmitted from human to human.

Since these viruses tend to begin in Asia, wildlife and disease specialists are monitoring migratory birds to see if and when the high-path bird flu may arrive in North America.

Bird flu has gotten a lot of attention in the early years of the second millenium as outbreaks occurred in Asia caused concern that an international Migratory birds will be the most likely vector of bird flu in the U.S. PHoto by NWRC. human pandemic could occur. Thankfully, this didn't happen, though some people did lose their lives to the infection.

Bird flu should remind us that while nature is beautiful, it can also be deadly.

Learn more about this dangerous disease by visiting the links below.

Resources

Pandemic Flu--U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services

Verified Infections--U.S. Geological Service

Avian Flu--Portal Site HTML

Avian Flu--Univ. of Minnesota HTML

Avian Flu--World Health Organization HTML

Avian Influenza--CDC HTML  

Bird Influenza-Asia--Newstory

Public Health Confronts the Chicken, the Hamster, and the Goat Public Health and domesticated animals by John Pape of Colorado Public Health Dept. (a good introduction to how viruses emerge and mutate).

 

NEWS

May 30, 2006. Lab ready for Bird Flu. Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

 

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