Birds, just like people, get the flu. Bird flu viruses infect birds, including chickens, other poultry, and wild birds such as ducks. Usually bird flu viruses only infect other birds. It is rare for people to get infected with bird flu viruses, but it can happen.
Hong Kong flu of 1968
bird flu - The Japan Times
The warning came as evidence of the virus was detected in two of China's largest cities, the financial centre, Shanghai, and the northern city of Tianjin, near Beijing. Despite assurances from affected countries that the spread of the virus was largely being halted, World Health Organisation experts have admitted that they are only just beginning to understand exactly how it can affect humans. In a statement, the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation said: "The spread of the avian influenza virus in several Asian countries is still not under control. Bird flu has spread across south-east Asia, jumping the species gap to humans and killing 19 people, mostly in Vietnam and Thailand.
Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2017 to 2018
Medically reviewed by Drugs. Last updated on Nov 1, Bird flu is caused by a type of influenza virus that rarely infects humans. More than a dozen types of bird flu have been identified, including the two strains that have most recently infected humans — H5N1 and H7N9. When bird flu does strike humans, it can be deadly.
While trying to avoid alarmism, global health agencies are steadily ratcheting up concern about bird flu in Asia. Bird viruses that can infect humans — particularly those of the H7N9 strain — continue to spread to new cities there. Nearly 1, people have tested positive, almost 40 percent of whom have died.