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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 ?

Migration
Migratory birds are the main cause of bird flu. Their droppings can contaminate farms or pondswhere domestic fowl get infected.

Poultry markets
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.

Human movement
Poeple can spread the virus from one infected area on the soles of their shoes or tyres of cars.
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How does it spread in Humans ?

Hndling infected birds
Close contact with infected birds is the principal source of H5N1 in human beings. Risky activities include slaughtering, plucking and preparing infected chicken

Other contact
In some cases children have contracted the disease while playing in farms contaminated by bird faeces. Swimming in or drinking contaminated water can also cause infection.

Symptoms of bird flu

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Is there a vaccine for the mutant form of bird flu virus ?

There is no vaccine for bird flu infections in humans. However some vaccines have been prepared for bird flu prevention in birds including chicken. But these are not available in India.