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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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  1. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - 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

    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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - 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.

  7. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - 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.

  8. How Not to Spread the Flu

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

  9. Causes and Evolution of Influenza (Flu)

    WebMD provides an overview of influenza, with an interesting historical perspective.

  10. 8 Natural Tips to Help Prevent a Cold

    Some simple steps can help prevent many colds, and perhaps even help ward off the flu. Learn more here.

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