1. Pandemic influenza is different from avian influenza.
Avian influenza refers to a large group of different influenza viruses that primarily affect birds. On rare occasions, these bird viruses can infect other species, including pigs and humans. The vast majority of avian influenza viruses do not infect humans. An influenza pandemic happens when a new subtype emerges that has n (...)
The disease in birds
Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds caused by type A strains of the influenza virus. The disease occurs worldwide. While all birds are thought to be susceptible to infection with avian influenza viruses, many wild bird species carry these viruses with no apparent signs of harm.
Other bird species, including domestic poultry, develop d (...)
The World Health Organisation has created a list of frequently asked questions concerning Avian Influenza or bird flu as it is more commonly known. These questions are just a selected few of the most important questions.More questions are to be found on the other pages of the 'bird flu' information pages on this website and on the forum as well. This information will be updated when there is addit (...)
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