Avian influenza, something to worry about?

Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral disease that mainly affects wild poultry and waterfowl.

Between October 2021 and September 2022, Europe has experienced the most devastating epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza with 37 European countries affected, and a culling of 50 million birds.

Transmission of the virus to humans occurs only very rarely, and only through close contact with infected birds. Poultry meat and eggs can be safely eaten, provided they are properly cooked.

The best way to prevent infection with avian influenza virus is to avoid sources of exposure whenever possible. Most human infections with the virus have occurred after direct, close or prolonged contact with sick or dead poultry.

See this document for full information on virus incidence, transmission and symptoms and precautionary and hygiene measures.

 

Avian flu - CHRISTEYNS