Avian influenza — commonly known as ‘bird flu’ — is infecting domestic and wild birds in Canada and around the world.
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.
Avian influenza viruses have evolved to infect birds, but the current H5N1 outbreak is also infecting a wide range of mammals. This suggests that it could mutate into forms that threaten humans.
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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.
A biologist who studies how viruses spread from animals to people explains the process of spillover and the risks posed by the new bird flu that has spread across the globe.
Bird flu has been confirmed in four dead seals in Scotland.
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The UK government has set up a special task force to investigate.
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Seabirds seem to be particularly at risk.
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.
Bird flu spreads to humans through close contact with infected birds.
Each year in spring and summer, waterbirds mingle on their breeding grounds in Siberia and mix their flu viruses, creating new variants they then bring to Europe, Asia and Africa.
Victoria currently has three avian influenza outbreaks across six farms. They are being treated as an emergency. Here’s how authorities are responding.
It’s excellent this virus has been found early, but there is no evidence yet of human-to-human transmission.
Zoonotic diseases can emerge closer to home than you realise.
A scientific question fascinates experts : under which conditions can bird flu virus be transmitted to humans by aerial particles, and what will be the consequences for those who aren’t immune?
Not every country prepares for global health threats in the same way.
How is it the flu has managed to stay around for so long, and why haven’t we beaten it yet?