Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

Avian influenza (AI), commonly called “bird flu”, is a virus in the Influenza Type A group which includes avian, swine, equine, and human flu viruses. The avian influenza virus affects many avian (bird) species including chickens, turkeys, game birds (pheasants and quail), ratites (ostrich and rhea), waterfowl (ducks and geese), and wild birds. Wild waterfowl are “natural reservoirs” of many types of AI. They carry the viruses without showing any symptoms of infection. It is extremely rare in pet and exotic birds.

To learn more about avian flu, see HGIC 4351, Avian Influenza (Bird Flu).

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