is a strain of influenza (sometimes called “the flu”) that infects birds. Although there have been few cases of human illness, some health experts are concerned that the virus could become more efficient at infecting humans and could eventually cause a
pandemic of this disease.
While there may be little that we can do to prevent the avian flu from mutating and spreading between humans, one way to reduce your chance of contracting this infection—should a human outbreak occur—is through proper handwashing.
While we in the western hemisphere have little cause for concern (as yet), Americans traveling abroad may be at risk of contracting bird flu. Read more about what and where this virus is, how risky it is, and how to avoid it if you are traveling in its midsts.
The cold and the flu have many of the same symptoms. Before you self-diagnose yourself with a cold or flu, step back, and really consider your symptoms. Read here to learn more, including when you should call your doctor.
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations http://www.fao.org
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases http://www3.niaid.nih.gov/
US Department of Labor http://www.osha.gov
The World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/
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