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What You Should Know About Avian Influenza

What You Should Know About Avian Influenza

Avian influenza (AI) is a disease caused by infection with avian (bird) influenza (flu) Type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally among wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. Avian flu viruses also can infect humans and cause disease. AI viruses are divided into 2 groups based on their ability to cause disease in poultry: high pathogenicity or low pathogenicity. Highly pathogenic viruses result in high death rates (up to 100% mortality within 48 hours) in some poultry species. Low pathogenicity viruses also cause outbreaks in poultry but are not generally associated with severe disease. The reported signs and symptoms of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) A virus infections in humans have …

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