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Avian Influenza

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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Bird Flu, H5N1 Infection)



These symptoms may be caused by other less serious conditions. Symptoms of avian influenza may include:
More severe infections can lead to pneumonia or serious organ failure.


Some health experts are concerned that this virus could eventually cause a worldwide outbreak known as a pandemic. Medical organizations such as WHO and CDC monitor avian influenza rates worldwide to look for any outbreaks. National and international efforts may be used if there is evidence of a pandemic, to decrease further spread of the infection.
The overall risk of getting avian flu is small. Steps to help you reduce your risk include:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a vaccine to protect against H5N1 in adults aged 18-64. It will be made available in the event of an outbreak. Vaccinations can protect the individual and may control the spread of the infection.


Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization



Canadian Medical Association

Health Canada



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