avian flu


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Related to avian flu: Bird flu, H5N1

avian flu:

see influenzainfluenza
or flu,
acute, highly contagious disease caused by a RNA virus (family Orthomyxoviridae); formerly known as the grippe. There are three types of the virus, designated A, B, and C, but only types A and B cause more serious contagious infections.
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CoreNet Global New York City Chapter recently took a strong leadership position with regard to disseminating information on pandemic planning for a potential outbreak of Avian flu, a need government and health agencies deem "critical".
She says a particular cause for concern if the avian flu mutates to affected humans and goes global is that it may prove fatal to a larger population demographic.
A survey of 90 multinational companies in March found that 74 percent of companies operating in Asia-Pacific were greatly or moderately concerned about avian flu and 32 percent had plans in effect.
Poultry workers are at risk for avian flu because they have direct contact with birds on a daily basis.
"The biggest risk is that the failure to properly manage our properties contributes to the infection of users," said Scott Mager, Chairman of the Real Estate Avian Flu Association.
And business interruption insurance, which usually is tied to some sort of property damage, isn't likely to cover an outbreak of avian flu.
In addition, many of the countries where avian flu is endemic do not have the necessary scientific resources to chase every report of avian flu.
However, the Eurobarometer survey reveals that a significant percentage of Europeans remain unsure about certain basic facts about avian flu.
However, the Eurobarometer survey reveals that a significant percentage of Europeans remain unsure about certain basic facts about avian flu. For example, 28% do not know that avian influenza cannot be transmitted through properly cooked eggs and poultry meat.
"As for the avian flu, it doesn't even come up in conversation," added Ogawa.
In addition to the H5N1 strain of avian flu, potential targets include HIV; tuberculosis; hospital-acquired infectious agents like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE), or E.
Either by developing their own avian flu websites or providing links to information developed by county, state or federal organizations, cities of all populations can provide factual and often real-time information to their citizens.

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