- The World Health Organization published a report on Wednesday
that said that in some cases the H5N1 bird flu virus could infect someone
from sticking on surfaces or being stirred up in fertilizer dust.
- There has been around 25 percent of people that have
been infected with the Avian influenza that have no explanation for how
they were infected. There has been 350 people in over 14 countries that
have been infected with the H5N1 virus. Of these, 217 have died from the
- In the report they said that in almost every case the
infection was spread from direct contact of an infected bird to a person.
They said very rarely there has been one person infecting another, but
were always a close relative that had intimate physical contact.
- They are not sure if the H5N1 virus begins in the human
gastrointestinal tract. They noticed that several patients suffered diarrhea
before the respiratory symptoms began. They also reported that the virus
was detected in the feces.
- The Who team said that eating well cooked chicken cannot
cause transmission of the bird flu to an individual. Risk factors for getting
the H5N1 virus may be from ingesting virus-contaminated products or from
swimming or bathing in water that is contaminated with the virus. They
do not see any risk for drinking potable water sources from municipalities.
- If a person was to become infected with the H5N1 virus
it take 7 days of incubation with and average of 2 to 5 days for symptoms
to appear. The cases they suspect human-to-human transmission the incubation
time period was around 3 to 5 days. There was one cluster that had 8 to
9 days of incubation.
- The survival rate of the Avian flu is grim, with 61 percent
being killed from the infection. The average time that it causes death
is within 9 to 10 days.