The H5N1 avian flu virus
strain has caused widespread outbreaks in wild and domestic bird populations in Asia as well as parts of Africa and Europe, including Italy, France and Germany.
Because of the viruses' structure, if a person is simultaneously infected by both the avian flu and a human flu virus, it is possible that the two could swap genes, thereby creating an avian flu virus
capable of spreading easily from person-to-person.
Vietnam has also been battling the avian flu virus
, and after killing more than 50-million chickens and ducks and getting the disease under control through vaccination, the country's agricultural sector was hit by a huge outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease.
This early warning will become critical to stop the spread of avian flu virus
and other diseases that might affect humans.
The down and feather bedding industry has not suffered any setbacks related to the avian flu virus
because those within the industry know that there is no evidence indicating the avian flu virus
exists in feathers and down," said Stephen Palmer, chair of the Home Fashion Products Association's American Down and Feather Council and co-president of United Feather & Down.
In people, cells with this receptor exist deep within the lungs, which makes the avian flu virus
less easily spread by coughing and sneezing.
Typically an avian flu virus
first infects pigs, then humans.
Poultry bosses insisted this week it was business as usual despite the discovery of the H5N1 avian flu virus
in migratory birds as close as Germany
The rapid spread of the avian flu virus
, or avain influenza A, (H5N1) has mobilized public health authorities worldwide and raised fears of a human epidemic.
Zero hour in this ease could occur, according to experts, when an avian flu virus
, so-called because it mostly infects birds, infects and then mutates inside a person.
Researchers have determined that the 1918 flu virus originated from an avian flu and that some of the characteristics that allowed it to spread to humans are already present in the H5N1 avian flu virus
The country is guarding against the possible spread of Avian Flu virus
H5N1 from diseased migratory birds.