Avian Influenza

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  • The Avian Influenza Virus

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    The Avian Influenza Virus had its first outbreak in 1997 (Beigel et al. 2005), re-emerged in 2003 (Gao et al. 2013b) and evolved in 2013 (Gao et al. 2013a), its impact on the human population, especially in Asian and European continents has been detrimental to the human population. It was initially thought due to the nature of the Avian Influenza humans could not contract the virus. However as human airway cells become susceptible in the late stages of an illness, the influenza and Avian virus

  • Avian Influenza and Its Expected Ramifications

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    Over the past fifteen years H5N1 influenza (also known as Avian Flu or Bird Flu) has become a common topic of speculation and debate worldwide, causing quite a bit of confusion about its possible impacts on our society. At this point in time it is generally recognized by the international medical community that Avian Flu is bound to become a pandemic, most likely within the next ten years. Research on Avian Flu and its effects have led many scholars to make grave predictions of major global turmoil

  • Avian Influenza: The H5N1 Virus

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    Avian influenza has been the prime focus owing to its importance in human health and the economic losses it creates. Asian countries have been mainly affected by the H5N1 virus where the disease is enzootic. A loss of 0.4% change in GDP occurred in South Asian region due to Avian influenza outbreaks (World Bank, 2006). The current control strategies against Avian Influenza are stamping and vaccination. Both these policies suffer from various drawbacks. The stamping out policy leads to loss

  • A Potential Avian Influenza Pandemic

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    A Potential Avian Influenza Pandemic Avian influenza could potentially be the world's next pandemic. The virus that causes this disease can be transmitted to other birds and humans by bird secretions. Bird migrations, as well as today?s instant worldwide transportation, can spread the avian influenza virus at amazing speeds. The government would face a disease that could wipe out millions of people. Meanwhile, the economy would crash as money is spent eradicating the disease from the country.

  • Influenza, Avian Influenza, and the Impacts of Past and Looming Pandemics

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    Influenza, Avian Influenza, and the Impacts of Past and Looming Pandemics Avian influenza is a disease that has been wreaking havoc on human populations since the 16th century. With the recent outbreak in 1997 of a new H5N1 avian flu subtype, the world has begun preparing for a pandemic by looking upon its past affects. In the 20th Century, the world witnessed three pandemics in the years of 1918, 1957, and 1968. In 1918 no vaccine, antibiotic, or clear recognition of the disease was known. Killing

  • Epidemiology of Avian Influenza H5N1 Virus

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    Bird flu (H5N1) which is also known as Avian Influenza H5N1 is a highly pathogenic flu that has infected many poultries and humans in the world, mostly in Asian countries. The global spread of the H5N1 outbreak itself occurs because of the undetected H5N1-infected migratory waterfowl which moves seasonally, large quantity of poultry and illegal trading in developing countries such as in Southeast Asia which is hard to control and eradicate causing the intercontinental out spread. The first outbreak

  • Avian Influenza Virus: Threat to Humanity

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    know it. An unpredictable occurrence of avian influenza (bird flu) strain is the primary concern of public health professionals and health care administrators. The peril of a potential humanized strain of avian influenza outbreak is completely uncertain partly because of the impact which the ecosystem plays in the variance of viruses and the evolutionary structure of bacteria. Although research enthuses imply that the occurrence of an avian influenza is unlikely to appear within our generation

  • Avian Influenza: Type A Virus Infection in Humans

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    Introduction The avian influenza virus is a type A influenza virus which is normally found in birds. Wild birds are the natural hosts for all known influenza type A viruses. This includes waterfowl, gulls and shorebirds. Ironically wild birds do not normally show symptoms of the influenza virus however when avian influenza type A viruses are passed onto domesticated birds, they are extremely susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) with a mortality rate of 90% to 100%1. Avian H2, H5, H6

  • The Potential for Avian Influenza to Cause Another Worldwide Pandemic

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    The Potential for Avian Influenza to Cause Another Worldwide Pandemic Abstract There are three major factors involved in the start of a pandemic; the viral strain must be new, able to cause serious illness, and transmit efficiently between humans. This article explores the avian influenza virus?s potential to cause another global pandemic through its ease of transmission and ability to evade treatment. Avian type A influenza virus generally spreads either through an intermediate vector during

  • What Has Lead Avian Influenza to Affect Humans

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    What Has Lead Avian Influenza to Affect Humans Avian Influenza is a negative stranded virus that has many different strands. The virus first jumped the species barrio in 1997 when a human was infected from poultry. Because of the variation in human and animal species and their genetic makeup, the H5N1 strand which was transferred to humans served no threat to the poultry but was deadly to humans. Although there are no vaccines present there are antiviral medications like Tami flu that are produced