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What is the Avian Flu?


Avian flu, also known as bird flu, is an infectious disease of birds caused by the influenza virus. The bird flu does not normally cause illness in humans, however, one subtype of the virus H5N1 did spread to humans in parts of Asia and Africa. This is extremely rare and is only the result of direct contact with an infected bird or surfaces that were contaminated with secretions/excretions from an infected bird. The likelihood of contracting bird flu in the United States is not at all common. If you feel you have somehow been exposed to the avian flu, please consult with your doctor immediately.

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