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Basic facts

Factsheet for health professionals
Influenza is an infectious disease with mostly respiratory characteristics caused by RNA viruses. The most significant impacts of influenza viruses on humans are those arising from the influenza A strains...

Q&A on avian influenza
What is avian influenza (bird flu) and what is the difference between bird flu, ordinary flu and pandemic influenza? Why is there so much concern about the current bird flu outbreaks?...


ECDC publications

Health advice for people living in or travelling to countries where the A/H5N1 has been detected (April 2006)

Avian influenza in cats – ECDC advice for avoiding exposure of humans (March 2006)

ECDC guidelines to minimise the risk of humans acquiring highly pathogenic avian influenza from exposure to infected birds or animals (December 2005)




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