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What is the Avian Flu?

The avian flu is not the same as the swine flu, and it is different from the H1N1 flu pandemic affecting humans, but the possibility exists that the avian flu could merge with the swine flu or mutate on its own into something which could have as devastating an impact on human populations as it has on birds.



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Questions about the swine flu epidemic

What is epidemic? Is it the same as pandemic?

Diseases often affect different numbers of people at a time. How many people are infected by a given illness and the geographic range of the those infected can determine whether a virus is epidemic or pandemic.



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What is the Spanish flu?

What is the Spanish flu?

A better question would be to ask: "What was the Spanish flu?" It was a pandemic virus which killed between 20 and 40 million and sickened millions of others between 1918 and 1919. This devastating flu caused more deaths than the Black Death plague of the Middle Ages or those killed in World War I.



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H1N1 Flu Pandemic: What is being done?

Since the H1N1 flu pandemic was announced by the World Health Organization (WHO), some places have resorted to various measures. Many of these are expected, asking citizens to wash their hands, but in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently warned young people, especially those in college to wear surgical masks while kissing.



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Bird flu facts

What is the bird flu?

Bird flu is scientifically referred to as H5N1. It is not the same as the H1N1 that infects humans, but it does cause symptoms in birds. The problem with bird flu is that it has infected and killed domestic poultry. There are two forms of the bird flu: mild and "highly pathogenic". Birds infected with the milder version often show few symptoms, but those with the more virulent form exhibit an ease in spreading and a mortality rate of 90 to 100 percent. This can be devistating to poultry farmers who can have their entire flocks killed by the bird flu.



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