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Knowing the Differences Between Bird Flu and Other Flu Strains This Winter

1/4/2006:   An estimated 117 people have contracted the H5 strain of the bird flu, or avian flu, and about half have died. This number is considerably small compared to the overall world population. Nevertheless, health officials around the world are closely monitoring future outbreaks and planning against a possible pandemic.

News about the disease and its spread from birds to humans is very frightening, particularly now that the winter flu season is upon us. Kidshealth.org has assembled basic information for families about the bird flu on its website, including defining bird flu; where in the world the flu is currently a concern; how birds spread the disease to other birds; how it is spread to humans; the symptoms of bird flu in humans; and how to protect one's family.

Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media created kidshealth.org to provide doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence.

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