is in a state of anticipation and shock about this dreaded viral disease.
Nobody knows when and where it will strike next. It is easily spreading across the globe with migratory birds moving across regions and even
continents carrying possible virus.
Flu is the common name for Avian influenza and it infects mostly birds.
A strain of the bird
flu virus called H5N1 is what currently causes panic among countries and
people. The fear is that this virus will mix with common flu virus and a
new strain, which easily spread from human to human, will emerge. Thatís
when the Govtís across the world will face a human pandemic.
In 1918, a global
pandemic known by the name
Spanish Flu is estimated to have killed up to 50 million people.
From the millions of
birds that succumbed to Bird Flu and many thousands more which were culled
across the world, it is clear that countries dread this disease. Current
efforts to stop the disease are focused on preventing import of birds from
affected countries and culling of birds in cases where the disease is found.
Once the disease has been found in an area health workers approach the
surrounding area only in protective suits and this demonstrate the
precautions required to move in areas where this lethal virus is present.
Across the world, so
far about 60 people died from the disease and only those who had close
contact with birds died from the disease. Also, so far the infection and
human death remained mostly in South-East Asia. However, most recently there
are reports from many European countries about the finding of the dreaded
Bird Flu strain.
In humans, avian flu
causes similar symptoms to other types of flu. Symptoms include fever,
cough, sore throat, muscle aches, conjunctivitis and, in severe cases,
breathing problems and pneumonia that may be fatal.
latest on the human infection is that a man died In Thailand, raising the
country's death toll from the virus to 13. The man was a farmer who had
cooked and eaten infected chicken, Also his seven-year-old son is in
hospital with flu-like symptoms
organisation is the global body at the forefront of tacking any global human
threat of a disease. They are observing the developments closely and
regularly send teams to affected countries to understand the conditions
there. They also provide information to increase awareness among people.
As far as curing the
disease is concerned, it seems there is no way to cure it except that your
immune system could fight it out in some cases. However a drug called
Tamiflu is the best bet as of now to fight the disease. This drug is however
manufactured by only one company in the world.
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material & News:
Avian influenza - From
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Avian influenza frequently asked questions - WHO
Bird flu fear
grips Europe, Asia - BBCNews.com