Day 3: Bird Flu Outbreak

Hello everyone.

It is day 3 of the post a day challenge.

In this post I will talk about Bird Flu, and the outbreak in China.

What is the bird flu? The bird flu is a viral infection directly transmitted from chickens to humans. Transmission of bird flu between humans has not yet been confirmed. If there is an outbreak of bird flu, humans can get infected by contact with infected chickens. People could also catch bird flu by consuming  eggs or poultry which are not fully cooked, or touching someone who has the bird flu.

The most recent outbreak of bird flu was in China. Earlier this year, several people were infected by bird flu. The H7N9 bird flu outbreak started in March, and has infected 130 people, and killed 37. The overall death rate during the outbreak was estimated to be 36%.

After closing the majority of live animal markets in China, the outbreak came to an end. Now it is assumed that the bird flu virus had been infecting people by contact with birds.

Citations:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/270916/group/homepage/

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/birdflu.html

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http://www.cirad.fr/var/cirad/storage/images/site-cirad.fr/actualites/toutes-les-actualites/articles/2010/institutionnel/la-chine-partenaire-du-reseau-grease/32862-1-fre-FR/francois-roger-la-chine-partenaire-incontournable-du-futur-reseau-de-surveillance-des-maladies-emergentes-grease_lightbox.jpg

Thank you,

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