Several states are scrambling to contain bird flu, including Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra. Bird flu or avian influenza is a viral infection that is reported mostly in birds, but has the potential to affect humans and other animals. The most common strain of the virus that causes severe respiratory disease in birds is H5N1.
So, what is this infection and how does it spread? When did it begin affected humans? What are the symptoms, treatment and precautions for bird flu? Take a look:
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