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Avian Influenza The reports of avian influenza in Asia and Europe have caused concern that a mutant version of the bird flu could infect the human population. Although avian influenza is potentially fatal, it is very difficult and rare to contract. Most cases of bird to human transmission involved people working in close proximity to large numbers of infected domestic birds. Recently, human cases of avian influenza have been reported from Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Currently the H5N1 virus has not been found in the United States.
The main routes of transmission are likely through bird droppings or bodily fluids of birds onto your hands and then into your mouth, or by infected airborne particles coming into contact with the nose, eyes or mouth. Simple hygiene precautions can effectively stop the first route of transmission and a single dead bird or a small number of dead birds are unlikely to generate airborne particles. The CDC recommends that travelers to Asian countries with known outbreaks of H5N1 avoid poultry farms, contact with animals in live food markets, and avoid contact with any surfaces that appear to be contaminated with feces from poultry or other animals.
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