Bird Flu Facts and Information
Most sources of information on Bird Flu stress the need to prepare for the disruptions that might be caused by a bird flu outbreak in the
Bird flu could become an exceptionally serious pandemic if the virus develops the ability to spread between humans. Nevertheless, the chance that anyone in
First, most of us do not live in situations that promote direct transmission of the virus. The avenue of infection typically requires (1) a dispersing bird (suspected to be primarily migrating waterfowl) to join (2) a dense population of receptive birds (typically waterfowl or poultry) in (3) a situation where these birds will ingest the virus (like a crowded pond or pen) and (4) become a reservoir of the disease, that (5) can then pass the disease onto humans by close contact.
Second, most persons have no contact with live poultry and waterfowl, the primary bird groups infected by this virus. Other birds can carry the virus, but they have much lower exposure rates and may not be as susceptible to H5N1. We have a poultry extension program that is actively working with the small group of Californians who work with these birds http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/Avian/.
Third, bird-human transmissions of the Bird Flu H5N1 have come from extensive contact with infected birds (eg., poultry handlers in
Finally, US and
WEB SITES WITH BIRD FLU INFORMATION:
Marin County Health and Human Services Quick Facts and Updates - AVIAN INFLUENZA (H5N1)
MARIN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH UPDATES - DIVISION OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Marin County G-Channel online PANDEMIC Flu disaster meeting (as well as other disaster information):
Marin County Emergency Education and Preparedness:
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AVIAN PATHOLOGISTS:
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATION: