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Threat Associated with Bird Flu
by Emily Purles
04/20/06
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Influenza virus is usually of two types- A and B. Type A can cause more severe illness than the type B. Avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds and caused by type A strains of the influenza virus.

Avian influenza occurs naturally among birds. They are of different subtypes like H1N1, H1N2, and H3N2 according to the protein type they combine with. But the circulating avian flu is caused by the subtype identified as H5N1, and it has crossed the species barrier and has infected humans as well.

Although the risk from avian influenza is generally low to most people, there continues to be a number of confirmed cases of bird-to-human transmissions of avian influenza. Most cases of avian influenza infection in humans have resulted from contact with infected poultry or surfaces contaminated with secretion or excretions from infected birds.

Till now, there is no evidence that the bird flucan be easily transmitted between humans, but there is some evidence that the virus is mutating in ways that will lead it to become a worldwide threat.

Symptoms of avian influenza in humans cause similar symptoms to other types of influenza like, fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases, and other severe and life-threatening complications. The fatality of the infection will depend mostly on the state of the immune system of an infected person.

Till date, a specific anti-avian influenza vaccine for humans is not readily available. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. have suggested that the anti-viral drug Tamiflu or Oseltamivir Phosphate is the effective one for the treatment of H5N1 infection. It belongs to a group of medicines called Neuraminidase inhibitors, and it attacks the influenza virus and prevents it from spreading inside the body.

Generally, Tamiflu is highly effective in treating adults, adolescents, and pediatric patients 1year of age and older with the flu, whose flu symptoms started within the last day or two. It can be taken to reduce the chances of getting the flu in people aged 13 and older who have spend time with the infected person.

Since flu is a viral infection, it should be treated with anti-viral medicine and Tamiflu is one of them. Being Neuraminidase inhibitors, Tamiflu treats the cause of influenza infection by inhibiting the critical neuraminidase protein on the surface of the virus.
With online buying option, you can buy Tamifluonline, as it is safe, time and money saving method. Online pharmacy will give you free online consultation and discount on cost price so that you can save up to $80 when you order this drug in bulk amount.

Apart from Tamiflu, another widely prescribed anti-viral drug is amantadine. It is used to treat the infection caused by type A strain of influenza virus. Relenza is another anti-viral drug which is used to treat the cases of H5N1 infection. These are the medicine that attack the virus and prevent it from spreading inside the body.
Since the virus has mutating capability, no one knows when the virus will become resistant to the existed anti-viral drugs. In this prevailing condition of uncertainty over the availability of effective anti-viral drugs, warrants a search for alternative preventive measures to mitigate the intensity of the bird flu pandemic.



Emily Purles is an associated editor to the website http://www.checkflu.com, a Roche Tamiflu Online site, is committed to provide visitors with complete information on Roche Tamiflu, Treatment of Influenza, Tamiflu, Influenza, Avian Influenza,H5N1 Virus, Human Transmission, Bird Flu, Mutating Virus, Neuraminidase Inhibitors, Oseltamivir Phosphate, Treatment of Flu, Types of Influenza virus and other related topics. Your feedback & comments will be highly appreciated at Emily.purles@gmail.com

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