The MOE campaign covers 40,000 elementary and secondary schools in Thailand and will focuses on promoting frequent hand washing, rapid reporting of sick and dead poultry and other key behaviors needed to prevent the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus that causes Avian Influenza.
Quick Facts: Avian Influenza
- Controlling the disease in animals is the first step in decreasing risks to humans.
- Avian influenza (AI), commonly called bird flu, is an infectious viral disease of birds.
- Most avian influenza viruses do not infect humans; however some, such as A(H5N1) and A(H7N9), have caused serious infections in people.
- Reports of highly pathogenic AI epidemics in poultry, such as A(H5N1), can seriously impact local and global economies and international trade.
- Outbreaks of AI in poultry may raise global public health concerns due to their effect on poultry populations, their potential to cause serious disease in people, and their pandemic potential.
- The majority of human cases of A(H5N1) and A(H7N9) infection have been associated with direct or indirect contact with infected live or dead poultry. There is no evidence that the disease can be spread to people through properly cooked food.
- There are many subtypes of avian influenza viruses, but only some strains of five subtypes have been highly pathogenic in humans. These are types H5N1, H7N3, H7N7, H7N9, and H9N2.
- Most human contractions of the avian flu are a result of either handling dead infected birds or from contact with infected fluids
Humans can become ill when infected with viruses from animal sources, such as avian influenza virus subtypes H5N1 and H9N2 and swine influenza virus subtypes H1N1 and H3N2. The primary risk factor for human infection appears to be direct or indirect exposure to infected live or dead animals or contaminated environments.
- As of February 27, 2007 the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported 275 H5N1 cases and 167 people have died.
- When a human comes in contact with a bird that is infected with H5N1 and the human contracts the virus there is an over 50% chance of death for the individual.
Latest Avian Influenza Publications
- H7N9 Avian Influenza Case in Canada Confirmed by Gov
- H7N9 Bird Flu Adapting to Humans and Mammals
- H5N1 Avian Flu Viruses Transmissible Between Humans Could Evolve in Nature
- Researchers Temporarily Halt Research on H5N1 Avian Influenza
- Compound Safely Counters Deadly Avian Bird Flu
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