Avian Influenza -bird flu has recently taken the life of a 39 year old bus driver in China. He had been admitted to the hospital December 25 with symptoms of severe pneumonia. He died from multiple organ failures within a week. He had tested positive for Avian Influenza -bird flu.
Avian Influenza -bird flu is also known as Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza HPAI and H5N1. Avian Influenza (bird flu) is named as such because it is mainly found in birds and is highly contagious among them. Humans can and have acquired this deadly virus such as the man spoken of in this article but it is not common. The Avian Influenza -bird flu is often fatal in birds’ especially domestic birds and has a 60% mortality rate in humans. “…Nearly 600 human H5N1 cases have been reported in 15 countries to WHO (World Health Organization) since November 2003”1
“As of 2011, the U.S. Food and Agriculture Organization considers six countries to be endemic for HPAI H5N1 virus in poultry (Bangladesh, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Vietnam). “ 2 In this same report from the CDC, it is indicated that H5N1 has also been found in cats, dogs, tigers, leopards, and a wild stone marten.
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