Avian Influenza

Viral Diseases

Animals Involved

Avian influenza viruses in wild and domestic birds, especially poultry; uncommon in mammals

Known Distributions

Worldwide, distribution of strains varies

Probable Means of Spreading

Usually by contact with infected poultry; avian viruses may be shed in respiratory secretions and feces

Clinical Manifestations in People

Avian influenza viruses can cause conjunctivitis, human influenza­like illness, or severe disease with multiorgan dysfunction, death; severity of disease varies with influenza strain

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See Also:

Swine influenza

Viral Diseases