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Avian Influenza

Health authorities in the United States and worldwide are concerned that an avian influenza virus strain might initiate a global influenza pandemic. Usually, “avian influenza virus” refers to influenza viruses found chiefly in birds, but infections with these viruses can occur in humans. The risk from avian influenza is generally low to most people, because the viruses do not usually infect humans. However, confirmed cases of human infection from several subtypes of avian influenza infection have been reported since 1997. This webpage provides links to information about avian influenza.

Information on Avian Influenza from the World Health Organization

Key Facts About Avian Influenza from the Center for Disease Control

Avian Influenza Information By US State

How the Avian Flu Differs from Seasonal Flu [pdf]

Avian Influenza Information for Medical Professionals

More Links on Avian Influenza

For further information please contact: Claudia Beach, Program Manager DOE ESH Health Occupational Health (301) 903-9826.



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