Question: Can The Bird Flu Be Cured?

Is bird flu airborne?

Avian influenza viruses can be transmitted directly from wild birds to domestic poultry or indirectly e.g.

through contaminated material.

The virus spreads directly from bird to bird via airborne transmission or indirectly, through faecal contamination of footwear or feed..

How did swine flu jump to humans?

Transmission of swine influenza viruses to humans is uncommon. However, the swine influenza virus can be transmitted to humans via contact with infected pigs or environments contaminated with swine influenza viruses.

How did we stop the bird flu?

Things you can do to prevent bird flu wash your hands often with warm water and soap, especially before and after handling food, in particular raw poultry. use different utensils for cooked and raw meat. make sure meat is cooked until steaming hot. avoid contact with live birds and poultry.

How many people did bird flu kill?

It killed an estimated 50 million people around the world.

How long did the swine flu last?

The 2009 swine flu pandemic was an influenza pandemic that lasted for about 19 months, from January 2009 to August 2010, and was the second of two pandemics involving H1N1 influenza virus (the first being the 1918–1920 Spanish flu pandemic).

Is there a vaccine for swine flu?

Vaccines have been developed to protect against the virus that causes swine flu. There are two different brands of vaccine – Pandemrix and Celvapan. Many people given the Pandemrix vaccine will only need one dose. People who have the Celvapan vaccine will need two doses three weeks apart.

How do you know if a bird has bird flu?

Symptoms and Types The symptoms for avian influenza include: Lack of appetite. Breathing problems.

Is bird flu still a threat?

While bird flu usually poses no threat to humans, instances of transmission of bird flu to humans have been reported since 1997, and over 100 people were infected in an outbreak that began in Southeast Asia in mid-2003.

How did bird flu start?

HPAI Asian H5N1 is especially deadly for poultry. The virus was first detected in 1996 in geese in China. Asian H5N1 was first detected in humans in 1997 during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong and has since been detected in poultry and wild birds in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

When was the last virus pandemic?

The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919.

Can bird flu infect humans?

Although avian influenza A viruses usually do not infect people, rare cases of human infection with these viruses have been reported. Infected birds shed avian influenza virus in their saliva, mucous and feces.

Is bird flu curable in humans?

The flu drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu), zanamivir (Relenza), or peramivir (Rapivab) should work against bird flu, although more studies are needed. These drugs must be given soon after symptoms appear. Unfortunately, H5N1 in humans can be a severe illness requiring hospitalization, isolation, and intensive care.

How long does the bird flu last in humans?

For avian influenza A(H5N1) virus infections in humans, current data indicate an incubation period averaging 2 to 5 days and ranging up to 17 days1. For human infections with the A(H7N9) virus, incubation period ranges from 1 to 10 days, with an average of 5 days.

Does bird flu kill birds?

However, avian influenza A viruses are very contagious among birds and some of these viruses can sicken and even kill certain domesticated bird species including chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Infected birds can shed avian influenza A viruses in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces.

What happened to the bird flu?

nothing happened. The virus continued to kill chickens and to occasionally infect and sometimes kill people. But as the years passed, the number of human H5N1 cases subsided. There has not been a single H5N1 human infection detected since February 2017.

Can you get the swine flu twice?

Is it possible to catch A(H1N1) twice? Yes, because the virus can mutate (change). If you become infected with the swine flu virus, your body produces antibodies against it, which will recognize and fight off the virus if the body ever meets it again.

What country did the swine flu come from?

The 2009 swine flu outbreak originated in Veracruz, Mexico. Health workers traced the virus to a pig farm in this southeastern Mexican state. A young boy who lived nearby was among the first people to contract the swine flu.