Bird Flu

By: Mitchell Reeser


Birds, like people, get the flu. It infects birds, including chickens, other poultry, and wild birds such as ducks. Most of the time it only infects other birds, but it can infect people. It can mutate and infect many people. The first case of a bird flu virus infecting people was in Hong Kong in 1997. Since then, it has spread to other countries.


No standard flu vaccines protect against bird flu. Antiviral drugs such as Tamiflu could help to limit the spread of the virus and reduce the severity of symptoms.
Bird Flu

Scientific name

Avian Influenza is the proper scientific name for bird flu.



  • Fever and cough
  • Acute respiratory distress
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea


  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Shock
  • Altered mental state
  • Seizures
  • Failure of multiple organs (e.g. kidney failure)
  • Death