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Bird Flu / Avian Influenza FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions







 

Bird Flu / Avian Influenza FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Australian Government
Department of Health
and Ageing

Q. What is avian influenza?
Q. Is avian influenza (bird flu) in Australia?
Q. What is influenza A H5N1?
Q. What is Australia doing to prevent avian influenza from entering the country?
Q. Do we import live or raw chickens into Australia?
Q. Do we import eggs for consumption into Australia?
Q. Do we import cooked chickens into Australia?
Q. I have domestic birds. How would I know if my domestic birds have avian influenza?
Q. I work in an industry where I may be exposed to live chickens or poultry products. Do I need to take any special precautions?
Q. Can avian influenza affect people?
Q. What are the symptoms of avian influenza in people?
Q. What should I do if I have any of these symptoms?
Q. How is avian influenza different from normal influenza?
Q. Can avian influenza be treated with antibiotics or other drugs?
Q. Are children at a greater risk of getting avian influenza?
Q. If I was exposed to avian influenza in birds, how long would it take for me to become sick?
Q. Can avian influenza kill?
Q. Is there a vaccine for avian influenza in humans?
Q. Will the current influenza vaccine protect me against avian influenza?
Q. Is there treatment for avian influenza in humans?
Q. Are there any restrictions on students from affected areas who live and study in Australia?
Q. What measures are being/will be implemented to screen travellers, students and business people arriving from overseas areas of concern for Avian Flu? There have been media reports of screening occurring at airports.
Q. Could a traveller, a student or business person become infected with the virus and bring it into Australia?
Q. I am travelling to Asia. What should I do to protect myself from avian influenza?
Q. How is avian influenza spread to humans?
Q. Is it safe to eat cooked chicken meat?
Q. Is it safe to eat eggs?
Q. How can the virus be killed?
Q. Can I get avian influenza through air-conditioning in hotels or other places?
Q. What response is occurring around the world to the outbreak of avian influenza in South East Asia?
Q. What is Australia's response to the outbreak of avian influenza in South East Asia?
Q. Is avian influenza everywhere in the world?


Australian Government
Department of Agriculture
Fisheries and Forestry

Q. What is avian influenza?
Q. What is avian influenza A (H5N1)?
Q. What species of animals does avian influenza affect?
Q. What are the clinical signs of avian influenza in birds?
Q. How is avian influenza spread?
Q. Can anything be done to control AI infection in wild birds?
Q. Should travellers to Asia take special precautions?
Q. Has avian influenza ever occurred in Australia?
Q. What is Australia doing about avian influenza?
Q. How well prepared is Australia to handle this disease?
Q. Is it safe to eat chicken?
Q. What can I do as a poultry or other bird owner?
Q. Tips and information for bird keepers?
Q. What should I do if I suspect an outbreak and need to report it?


World Health Organization

Q. What is avian influenza?
Q. Which viruses cause highly pathogenic disease?
Q. Do migratory birds spread the disease?
Q. What is special about the current outbreaks in poultry?
Q. Which countries have been affected by outbreaks in poultry?
Q. What are the implications for human health?
Q. Where have human cases occurred?
Q. How do people become infected?
Q. Is it safe to eat poultry and poultry products? NEW
Q. Does the virus spread easily from birds to humans?
Q. What about the pandemic risk?
Q. What changes are needed for H5N1 to become a pandemic virus?
Q. What is the significance of limited human-to-human transmission?
Q. How serious is the current pandemic risk?
Q. Are there any other causes for concern?
Q. Why are pandemics such dreaded events?
Q. What are the most important warning signals that a pandemic is about to start?
Q. What is the status of vaccine development and production?
Q. What drugs are available for treatment?
Q. Can a pandemic be prevented?
Q. What strategic actions are recommended by WHO?
Q. Is the world adequately prepared?











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