Bird Flu

The virus that I chose to study was Avian Influenza, also known as bird flu.
Below is an image of the disease

external image bird-flu-h5n1.jpgIn 1997 the first traces of avian influenza were discovered in Hong Kong where it infected both chickens and humans. It was when the virus had been found to transmit straight from birds to humans. During this outbreak 6 people died from the disease. Avian influenza is believed to have originated in the far east.

Avian influenza symptoms are similar to the other types of influenza symptoms. They are: Fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, an respiratory distress.

Avian influenza comes mainly from birds (which is why it is nicknamed “bird flu”). The disease can be passed from human to human which is why it has been so wide spread throughout different farming regions.

Avian influenza is a subtype of the influenzavirus A genius.