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Avian influenza, sometimes Avian flu, and commonly Bird flu refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds" but infections can occur in humans.Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them.
How does it spread in Birds ?
Migratory birds are the main cause of bird flu. Their droppings can contaminate farms or pondswhere domestic fowl get infected.
The virus cal spread in crowded, often unsanitary live poultry markets, which are common in India, or through trade among farms.
Feed and Bedding Straw
The virus is present in bird faeces. It can spread from contact with bedding straw, feathers and other contanimated objects.
Poeple can spread the virus from one infected area on the soles of their shoes or tyres of cars.