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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Bird flu is an infection caused by a type of avian influenza virus. Although there are many types of bird flu, the types that now concern health workers-because they are very serious and often fatal-are the H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu viruses.

Symptoms of bird flu can be the same as common flu symptoms. These can include a fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, or eye infection (conjunctivitis). More serious symptoms of bird flu include pneumonia, a serious lung infection, or acute respiratory distress syndrome, a life-threatening lung problem.

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