Bird Flu (cont.)
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Bird Flu Symptoms in Humans
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Humans get bird flu through close contact with sick or dead poultry or poultry markets in countries (mainly Asia, Europe, the Near East, and Africa) known to harbor the virus. Infected people experience typical flu-like symptoms, including
Some people also have symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or eye infections. Children and even animals (dogs, cats, and other mammals) may develop similar symptoms. This infection can progress to pneumonia and respiratory failure. In fact, bird flu is much more fatal in humans than is normal human influenza.
More than half of people who have contracted bird flu have died according to the records that have been kept since 1997.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2015
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