The bird flu (known as H5N1) is a flu
virus that suffered a mutation; because of this mutation
almost 50% from the persons that are infected with this
virus can not be saved from death.
The virus causes a
pneumonia to which few people can resist. H5N1 appeared in
birds killing the most of them who were infected.
This virus is not
specially adapted for the human organism but it
causes death to people because the human race is
somehow congenial with the birds. Fortunately, H5N1
is not transmissible from a human to another.
virus is transmissible trough the birds` saliva,
nasal secretions and excrements.
The other birds can
come in contact with these secretions or with the
infected areas. It seems that some ducks contacted
the virus because they stood on contaminated water.
And because the bird flu affects the migrant birds,
H5N1 can be transmitted anywhere in the world.
There are some
vaccines against the bird flu but it is not for sure
that they will have any effect if the virus will
suffer the modification that will allow it to be
transmissible from a human to another. Egypt had trouble with the
bird flu, too.
Egypt bird flu appeared in 2006 and made many victims.
In that year the first cases of people decease because of
the H5N1 were confirmed. The virus was found at some
chickens in Minya, Cairo and close to Giza.
In Cairo a woman
of 25 year old died because of the bird flu, after she was
hospitalized for breathing problems and fever. She was
infected with the virus in a province situated at 130 km
from Cairo's South. The most of the Egyptian people infected
with the bird flu were children and women from which some of
them passed away. The ill persons got in contact with
Egypt stopped to import chicken products and live birds, and
checked all the Egypt's borders and harbors. More, the
hunting season was cancelled and the samples from the birds
The Egyptians were told to wash the eggs before
eating them, to wash their hands carefully after
they cut the poultry meat, to boil the poultry at 80
C because at this temperature the H5N1 can be
destroyed in one minute. And since the virus attacks
first the organisms with a weak immunity system, the
Egyptian were advice to eat many fruits and
vegetables, as well as yogurt and honey to make
their immunity stronger.
The farmers and their employees were advised to not
touch the infected birds and to wear masks when are
around the infected birds.
In case that the bird flu was tracked in human
beings, the Tamiflu medicine should be given to the ill
people; the medicine only makes the virus to spread slower
in the human organism.
Fortunately, the virus` spread was
under control and no more cases of ill people or birds were
registered. The situation came back at normal and everything
is under control.