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    1. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - When To Call a Doctor

      Call your health professional immediately if your infant has a high fever and you suspect he or she might have the flu.

    2. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Exams and Tests

      Health professionals can diagnose influenza (flu) using your symptoms alone if many cases of a similar illness have occurred in the community and if the local health department has confirmed a flu outbreak.

    3. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Symptoms

      The symptoms of influenza (flu) appear suddenly and often include: Fever, which is usually continuous, but it may come and go.

    4. Hand-Washing - Topic Overview

      A productive cough helps clear mucus (sputum) and foreign material from the airways. Mucus may be made in the lungs because of bronchitis,pneumonia,or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Colds and allergies may produce mucus that drains down the back of the throat ( postnasal drainage ). Home treatment may be all that is needed to provide relief if you have a productive cough and ...

    5. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

      Influenza (flu) is an illness caused by a virus that comes on suddenly, and causes symptoms such as fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, a dry cough, and a sore or dry throat.

    6. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

      Although most cases of influenza (flu) get better without causing other problems,complications sometimes develop. Possible complications of flu include: Pneumonia,which is an inflammation of the lungs. Primary influenza viral pneumonia develops soon (24 to 36 hours) after flu symptoms start and does not get better with antibiotics. It rarely causes death in young,healthy people,but it can ...

    7. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Cause

      The influenza virus causes the classic flu. Health professionals classify the virus as influenza type A and type B, each of which includes several subtypes or strains.

    8. Flu: Signs of Bacterial Infection - Home Treatment

      If you have influenza, you can expect the illness to go away on its own in about 7 to 10 days. In the meantime, you can take steps to feel better.

    9. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - What Happens

      Influenza (flu) usually comes on suddenly. In many cases you can pinpoint the hour when symptoms started. Symptoms develop 1 to 4 days after you are infected. Classic flu involves fever for about 3 days, followed by a gradual decrease in other symptoms.

    10. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

      What are colds? Everyone gets a cold from time to time. Children get more colds than adults. Colds usually last 1 to 2 weeks. You can catch a cold at any time of year,but they are more common in late winter and early spring. There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold,treat the symptoms. What are the symptoms? Lots of different viruses cause colds,...

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