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Avian Influenza

July 14, 2012  by: Dr. Simran Kaur  Points: 5   Category: Health  Earning $0.10   Views: 791

There are various strains of avian influenza but the Asian H5N1 subtype is lethal viral strain responsible for causing human influenza.


There are various strains of avian influenza but the Asian H5N1 subtype is lethal viral strain responsible for causing human influenza. Other strains of avian influenza which can cause disease are H9N9 and H7N7.

Avian influenza spreads through the faeces and secretions of infected birds in environment. Humans get infected through consumption of raw meat of birds or handling infected birds in poultry.

Symptoms -

1. History of exposure to infected birds.

2. Symptoms start appearing two to five days after exposure to infected birds or avian influenza virus.

3. Fever, cough and muscular pain.

4. Diarrhea, viral pneumonia, difficulty in respiration.

5. Cyanosis, leucopenia.


1. Chest X-ray.

2. Viral isolation.

3. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction test.


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