Bird Flu Risk To Human Being

Avian influenza viruses exhibit host adaptation and rarely infect humans, usually as isolated individual cases without human-to-human transmission. In the 1997 Hong Kong outbreak, the risk factor for human infection was direct contact with infected poultry, but not by the handling, cooking, or consumption of poultry meat. In 2004, HP AI of strain H5N1 infected poultry and wild birds in 9 Asian countries. In Thailand and Vietnam, 37 human cases were confirmed, with a case fatality rate of 68%.


Reference :- Merck Veterinary Manual

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