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    1. Anthrax - Topic Overview

      What is anthrax?Anthrax is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. These bacteria produce spores that can spread the infection. Spores are bacteria in a resting stage. Like plant seeds, they are not active until they germinate. Anthrax in humans is rare unless the spores are spread intentionally. Anthrax usually develops in cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. ...

    2. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

      Many people choose not to have the influenza vaccine because of myths they believe about the disease or the vaccine. Myth: Influenza is a minor illness. Truth: Influenza and its complications cause about 20,000 deaths in the United States each year. Myth: The vaccine causes the flu. Truth: You can't get the flu by having a flu shot. The flu shot is made of killed virus and therefore cannot ...

    3. 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.

    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

      If your child has a barking cough: Hold your child in a calming manner. Keep your child quiet,if possible. Crying can make breathing more difficult. Try rocking or distracting your child with a book or game. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don't use a hot vaporizer. Use only water in the humidifier. Hold your child in your lap,and let the cool vapor blow directly into your ...

    6. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Topic Overview

      Dry coughs that continue after other cold symptoms clear or that occur without other symptoms may be caused by a variety of health problems. Some people start coughing when they breathe very dry,heated air. This can be caused by environmental irritation or allergies. This type of cough may be more noticeable when you first turn on your furnace in the fall,because dust and other irritants ...

    7. 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.

    8. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - What Increases Your Risk

      Anyone exposed to an influenza (flu) virus can become infected. These viruses are contagious and spread easily among people in groups, such as in nursing homes, hospitals, shelters, schools, and day cares.

    9. 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 ...

    10. How Not to Spread the Flu

      The flu is easy to spread. Here's how to avoid getting and giving it.

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