Thursday, November 24, 2005

Reference - Tips to avoid avian flu when traveling

The Minnesota Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention have some important things you need to know about avian influenza (bird flu) to keep you and your family healthy when you are traveling to Southeast Asia to visit friends and relatives.

Since late 2003, an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) has resulted in the deaths of millions of birds, including domestic chicken and ducks, in Southeast Asia and other countries. This outbreak is caused by an influenza virus called avian influenza-A (H5N1). In addition to sickness and death in birds, over 120 people have gotten sick from this bird flu, and more than half of them have died. Most people who got bird flu had close contact with infected chickens or ducks. Sometimes chickens or ducks may be infected with the bird flu virus but not look sick.

Public Service Announcement from the Minnesota Department of Health and


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