Avian Influenza


Birds and Humans

Overview / Symptoms

  • Birds infected may show no symptoms or only show mild signs such as ruffled feathers or a drop in egg production
  • Transmitted to birds through direct contact with infected waterfowl or other infected poultry, contact with surfaces that have been contaminated with the viruses
  • Humans infected may experience fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches. In some cases, humans may develop pneumonia and require hospitalization
  • Transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected animal, contact with infected surfaces, or breathing in droplets or dust from infected animal