Myths Vs Facts Of Bird Flu Or Avian Influenza
As states are put on ‘high alert’ due to the spread of bird flu, here are some myths and facts about bird flu that you need to know
Avian Influenza or Bird flu refers to a disease caused by Type A viruses. These viruses occur naturally among the wild aquatic birds worldwide and can infect domestic poultry and other bird and animal species. This virus does not normally infect humans, however, a few human infections with avian flu viruses have occurred in the past few years. As bird flu has intensified in several states across India and the population has gripped with fear, instead of knowing the facts. But it is important to know the facts and myths of bird flu. Here are a few myths and facts about bird flu, every individual should know about.
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Myths about Bird Flu:
- Eating chicken or eggs during bird flu can spread infection.
- Bird Flue spreads from human to human.
- There is no threat of bird flu from infected dead birds.
- Vegetarians cannot contract bird flu.
Facts about Bird Flu:
- Consuming undercooked chicken can be dangerous.
- Cleaned and cooked chicken or egg can be consumed.
- Bird Flu can spread from humans, eg: from mother to child.
- H5N8 can also spread from dead birds.
- You can fall sick if you come in contact with infected birds.
- Those trading eggs or poultry are in danger of contracting an infection.
Taking the necessary precautions can contain the spread of Avian Influenza. Due to the spread of Coronavirus, people wearing masks and PPE kits can help in containing bird flu. WHO has suggested people to always wear a mask and keep surroundings clean to stay safe from Bird Flu, as well as the ongoing Pandemic. Instead of believing in myths, one must read and know about the facts and not spread rumours.
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