Avian Influenza. Bird Flu H5N1. Avian Influenzaâ€¦. â€¦ is a respiratory illness in birds. Wild birds and ducks are the natural reservoir for infection, though they are generally unaffected by the virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all influenza viruses have the ability to change and H5N1 could one day be able to spread easily from one person to another.
The HKG currently has a stockpile of 3.7 million capsules of Tamiflu and will have 20.5 million capsules by 2007, enough to treat approximately 30% of Hong Kong's population.
Later in the disease, respiratory complications (like pneumonia) can develop.
If you were in contact with contaminated birds 2-6 days before the onset of symptoms.
Laboratory tests.How do you know if you have Avian Flu?
Although still under study, Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is one of the drugs to be considered in the treatment of Avian Flu.Treatment
Local doctors in Hong Kong are only writing prescriptions for Tamiflu for treatment, no longer for personal stockpiling.
Manufacturers are only filling orders for public hospitals. Local pharmacies have no supplies.
Be careful of fake, black market and Internet Tamiflu.