Africa: Bird Flu FAQ – What Is Avian Influenza? How Is It Transmitted to Humans? What Are the Symptoms? Are There Effective Treatments and Vaccines? Will H5n1 Become the Next Viral Pandemic?

Avian influenza (“bird flu”) is a highly contagious viral infection that affects wild and domestic birds worldwide. It has recently gained notoriety for its devastating impact on the commercial poultry sector and as an emerging human public health threat. What are avian influenza viruses? Influenza viruses belong to the Orthomyxovirus family and are grouped into … Read more

COVID-19 could become ‘just like flu’ says World Health Organization chief

The World Health Organization says the COVID-19 pandemic could settle down this year to a point where it poses a threat similar to flu. The UN health agency earlier voiced confidence that it will be able to declare an end to the emergency sometime in 2023, saying it was increasingly hopeful about the pandemic phase … Read more

Africa: As Bird Flu Continues to Spread in the US and Worldwide, What’s the Risk That It Could Start a Human Pandemic? 4 Questions Answered

An outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza that started in 2021 has become the largest bird flu outbreak in history, both in the U.S. and worldwide. In the U.S. the virus has led to the destruction of millions of commercially raised chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese, and has killed thousands of wild birds. Many virologists are … Read more