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What is avian or bird flu?

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Bird flu, or avian influenza, is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. Bird flu epidemics have occurred worldwide.

Bird flu is a leading contender to be the next pandemic flu bug because it has caused an unprecedented epidemic in poultry and wild birds across Asia and Eastern Europe. Still, no one knows for sure whether this will cause the next human flu pandemic.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Flu (Influenza): Symptoms."

CDC: "Key facts about seasonal Influenza (Flu)," "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Influenza and the Flu Vaccine."

American Lung Association: "Cold and Flu Guidelines: Influenza."

FDA/CFAN: "What consumers need to know about avian influenza."

American Lung Association: "Myths and Facts About the Flu and Colds."

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on January 23, 2020

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Flu (Influenza): Symptoms."

CDC: "Key facts about seasonal Influenza (Flu)," "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Influenza and the Flu Vaccine."

American Lung Association: "Cold and Flu Guidelines: Influenza."

FDA/CFAN: "What consumers need to know about avian influenza."

American Lung Association: "Myths and Facts About the Flu and Colds."

Reviewed by Carmelita Swiner on January 23, 2020

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