Flu Pandemic

Bird Flu Symptoms

Bird flu is a disease caused by a number of strains of the Influenza A virus. Till date, 14 strains of the virus have been known to cause bird flu. These virus strains show a special adaptation towards birds. Thus, the virus preferentially attaches itself to certain galactose receptors, found in the respiratory tract of birds.
These receptors are absent in humans. Thus, even though the virus is known to infect humans, it is not very capable of transmitting itself from one human to another. However, scientists fear that the virus may undergo some mutation and start infecting humans as well. This may lead to another flu pandemic, like the many, influenza has caused.

Bird Flu Symptoms

Bird flu symptoms range from mild to severe ones. In some cases, individuals have been known to recover from bird flu, however a majority of individuals, who have been infected, have been killed. The symptoms of bird flu are similar to those of the normal influenza suffered by humans. Let us have a look at some of them:

The bird flu symptoms tend to be more severe in individuals above the age of 65, infants below the age of 5, smokers, those suffering from chronic diseases of the heart, lungs, liver kidneys etc, those suffering form conditions like bronchitis, asthma etc.
Birds, especially poultry and wild fowl are known carriers of the bird flu virus. Usually, the birds show no symptoms, even when they are carrying the virus. However, in some cases, characteristic symptoms have been seen, that might make it easier to identify, if the bird is suffering from the disease. Some of them are as follows: One should take quick action, if one detects the bird flu symptoms for two reasons. Firstly, there is a risk of the virus spreading to humans and causing an infection. Secondly, the virus has been known to infect and kill the entire poultry stock within 2 days.

Precautions to take, if Bird Flu Symptoms are encountered

If every individual is careful, it is unlikely that bird flu will prove to be a menace as it is made out to be.