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Croatian medical journal, Vol.47 No.1 February 2006. -

Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian influenza

(bird flu) viruses, which occur naturally among birds.

Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines,

but usually do not get sick. However, avian influenza is

very contagious among birds and can cause illness and death

in some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks,

and turkeys. The virus can transmit from birds to humans,

causing lethal infections, but as yet the virus does not easily

transmit from human to human. However, there is a

substantial risk of either re-assortment of virus (combination

of avian and human influenza), or adaptation of the

influenza virus to humans. The present situation in Turkey

emphasizes the importance of good surveillance and

updated pandemic plans in all countries.

avian influenza; public health; Turkey

Author: Ersin Akpinar - Esra Saatci -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/


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