Bird flu and pandemic flu are important topics for all people in Los Angeles County to learn about.
Bird flu (avian flu) refers to flu viruses that infect birds and make them sick. Different strains of bird flu are found all over the world. Most strains do not infect people. One strain in Asia and Europe, call Asia and Europe, called Asian H5N1, has been killing millions of poultry and has infected a comparatively small number of people who had contact with the sick poultry.
Pandemic flu happens in the world only once every 30-50 years. It refers to a virus that causes a worldwide epidemic of flu in humans. Scientists are worried that the Asian H5N1 bird flu might mutate to become very contagious between people, causing a new flu pandemic.
There is a lot of helpful information available about these topics. They flyers and websites below are helpful starting points. Chicken owners in Los Angeles need to be especially concerned about educating themselves on this topic.
Bird flu informational
flyers and additional websites