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  1. Topic Overview

    What is bird flu?Bird flu is an infection caused by a type of avian influenza virus. This virus is common in wild birds. Most of the time, wild birds do not get sick from the virus. But wild birds can easily pass the virus to birds that are being raised for food-such as chickens, ducks, and turkeys-and cause them to get very sick.Usually, bird flu virus is not passed from birds to people. But ...

  2. Topic Overview

    What is bird flu?Bird flu is an infection caused by a type of avian influenza virus. This virus is common in wild birds. Most of the time, wild birds do not get sick from the virus. But wild birds can easily pass the virus to birds that are being raised for food-such as chickens, ducks, and turkeys-and cause them to get very sick.Usually, bird flu virus is not passed from birds to people. But ...

  3. Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Sore Throat.

  4. Colds - 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,...

  5. Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems - Prevention

    There is no sure way to prevent a sore throat. But these tips may help.

  6. Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Sore Throat: Should I Take Antibiotics? ...

  7. Analgesics for Sinusitis

    Drug details for Analgesics for sinusitis.

  8. Corticosteroids for Sinusitis

    Drug details for Corticosteroids for sinusitis.

  9. Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems - Home Treatment

    Home treatment is usually all that is needed for a sore throat caused by a virus.

  10. Flu Complications - 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 ...

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