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Bird flu H5N1 Facts

Influenza A virus subtype

  • Influenza A virus subtype is popularly called bird flu.
  • The virus illness in humans and many other animal species.
  • The virus is believed to have spread after first appearing in Southeast Asia.
  • 11 outbreaks of H5N1 were reported worldwide in June 2008 in five countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam).
  • A filtered and purified influenza A vaccine for humans is being developed and is kept ready in case of a human outbreak.
  • If humans are infected with it, it will replicate in the lower respiratory tract, and consequently will cause viral pneumonia.
  • WHO data indicate 60% of cases classified as H5N1 resulted in death.
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