Zeenews BureauWhat is bird flu?•It is an infectious disease caused by bird flu virus( H5N1 Influenza A virus )•Bird flu affect mainly the domestic poultry ( chicken, ducks, etc ) and less commonly in animals like pigs•Very occasionally, humans may also be infected with this virusHow does bird flu spread to humans? By close contact with:•Infected poultry ( chicken, ducks, etc ) and their dropping•Pigs•Surfaces contaminated by infected birds and their droppingCommon symptoms of bird flu in humans•Fever (38 degree C or higher)•Sore throat•Cough•Muscle aches•Difficulty in breathing, pneumonia•Pain in abdomen, diarrheaHow does bird flu spread in birds? •Bird flu spreads from infected birds to other birds through contact•Contact with nasal and respiratory secretion•Contact with faeces of infected birds•Contamination of feed and water•Contact with contaminated equipmentsSigns in birds infected with bird flu? •Lack of energy and appetite•Swellings of the heads, eyelids, combs, legs•Purple discolorations of the combs / “dirty” feather•Nasal discharge
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