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Avian Influenza

Avian influenza is a disease of poultry, whose disease symptoms vary from completely mild or unnoticeable to a catastrophic disease with a mortality rate that can reach up to 100% in some avian species. The natural hosts of the virus are ducks, shorebirds, and other species of wild aquatic birds. 

USGS. National Wildlife Health Center.

This site provides current information on avian influenza in wild birds, guidelines for handling wild birds, and referenced reports of disease in wildlife and domestic animals.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Provides a summary of the current state of Avian Flu in the U.S. and resources regarding protective actions for people

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This webpage provides background information about avian influenza, including recent outbreaks, the viruses, the risk to human health and the transmission from animals to humans. It also includes information on guidelines and recommendations for airlines and travelers abroad. Current articles about avian influenza can be found in the Emerging Infectious Disease Journal.

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

This page provides fact sheets and disease alerts, as well as biosecurity information to prevent the virus from establishing itself in the U.S. poultry population.

US Department of Labor. Occupational Safety & Health Administration.

This page provides background information on the transmission of avian influenza. Guidance on prevention are provided for anyone, such as farm animal handlers, laboratory workers, food handlers, airline crews, and travelers abroad who may come in contact with contaminated birds.

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

Provides an extensive bibliography and internet resources covering aspects of avian flu, including epidemiology, disease control and prevention, pathology, diagnosis, zoonotic implications and research.