Question: How Did We Stop The Bird Flu?

Is bird flu still around?

Currently, a particularly deadly strain of bird flu — H5N1 — continues to spread among poultry in Egypt and in certain parts of Asia.

Technically, H5N1 is a highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.

It’s deadly to most birds.

And it’s deadly to humans and to other mammals that catch the virus from birds..

How many people did bird flu kill?

It killed an estimated 50 million people around the world.

How did the swine flu start?

In 1998, swine flu was found in pigs in four U.S. states. Within a year, it had spread through pig populations across the United States. Scientists found this virus had originated in pigs as a recombinant form of flu strains from birds and humans.

Where did the swine flu start?

The 2009 swine flu outbreak originated in Veracruz, Mexico. Health workers traced the virus to a pig farm in this southeastern Mexican state. A young boy who lived nearby was among the first people to contract the swine flu. He lived, but others in the area came down with the flu and died.

When was the last bird flu outbreak?

Globally, from January 2003 to 17 December 2020, there were 862 cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H5N1) virus reported from 17 countries.

What caused bird flu?

Bird flu is caused by a type of influenza virus that rarely infects humans. More than a dozen types of bird flu have been identified, including the two strains that have most recently infected humans — H5N1 and H7N9. When bird flu does strike humans, it can be deadly.

How did we get rid of bird flu?

In most cases, treatment with antiviral medication such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) can help reduce the severity of the disease. However, the medication must be taken within 48 hours after symptoms first appear.

How long did the bird flu last?

HPAI H5N1 spread out from the Southeast Asia region into Europe, the Mediterranean and Africa through the rest of 2005 and 2006 [129], with the first reports of infected birds in Russia and Kazakhstan in July 2005 and detections in Turkey, Romania and Croatia in October 2005.

When was the bird flu scare?

The virus was first detected in 1996 in geese in China. Asian H5N1 was first detected in humans in 1997 during a poultry outbreak in Hong Kong and has since been detected in poultry and wild birds in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

How many people did the swine flu kill?

Between April 12, 2009, and April 10, 2010, the CDC estimates swine flu caused 60.8 million illnesses, 273,304 hospitalizations and 12,469 deaths in the U.S.

Is there a vaccine for swine flu?

Vaccines have been developed to protect against the virus that causes swine flu. There are two different brands of vaccine – Pandemrix and Celvapan. Many people given the Pandemrix vaccine will only need one dose. People who have the Celvapan vaccine will need two doses three weeks apart.