Avian influenza (‘bird flu’) is a highly transmissible and usually mild disease that affects wild birds such as geese, swans, seagulls, shorebirds, and also domestic birds such as chickens and turkeys.
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Avian influenza — commonly known as ‘bird flu’ — is infecting domestic and wild birds in Canada and around the world.
Nigeria has to step up biosecurity measures to check frequent bird flu outbreaks.
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Bird flu has been recurring in Africa since 2006 and Nigeria is heavily affected. High-level biosecurity measures are required to keep people and animals safe.
While a small proportion of people have become ill while in contact with infected birds, there is no evidence it has spread from human to human.
In the UK, more than 150 cases of bird flu have been reported between September and November of this year alone.
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The UK government has set up a special task force to investigate.
Healthy turkeys on a farm in West Newfield, Maine.
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Hunters are warned to take precautions handling wild birds, and the virus can spill over to non-avian species, so no one should approach wild animals that appear ill.
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Seabirds like gannets appear to be particularly at risk.
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Seabirds seem to be particularly at risk.
The strain of H5N1 bird flu identified in Canada, the United States and Europe can cause severe disease and high mortality in domestic poultry.
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Avian influenza virus — or bird flu — can infect domestic poultry such as chickens and turkeys, as well as wild birds. The H5N1 strain has been identified in Canada.
Avian flu spreads quickly through domestic poultry flocks.
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A virus’s genes hold a record of where it’s traveled, and when.
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After a nose swab tests positive for a virus or bacteria, scientists can use the sample’s genetic sequence to figure out where and when the pathogen emerged and how fast it’s changing.
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Wuhan University Sakura Castle, one of the oldest in China with the city in the backdrop. December 2018.
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A Ugandan chicken farmer rides to market in this file photo. In the wake of an outbreak of avian flu farmers have been told to quarantine their poultry.
Since regular monitoring for avian influenza viruses started, several subtypes that have been circulating - but not all pose a threat to humans.
The H5N8 virus is especially dangerous for migratory birds.
Studies of animal-human interactions in various settings could perhaps help prevent bird flu and the mass slaughter of animals it inevitably leads to.
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