Bird Flu Alarm

Understanding Avian Influenza

What precautions should I take if I live in an area affected by bird flu?

Avoid contact with live birds, chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese and their feces, feathers and pens.

Children, in particular, should be warned and precautions enforced. Pet birds should not be kept. If preparing poultry, cook it well done before eating.

Avoid cross contamination of other foods by use of separate kitchen utensils and surfaces exposed to raw poultry. Wash hands with soap and water after any poultry contact.

Be sure, if possible, that poultry does not live near your housing area. Do not transport live or dead poultry even if it appears to be healthy.
Avoid poultry products from areas of infected birds. If you must travel to infected areas, hand washing and shoe and clothing cleaning should be an immediate priority.

Be sure to wear gloves, a special N-95 mask, goggles and a disposable gown if you must be in contact with the birds/poultry.

Observe yourself for the development of any respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms after the visit and check your temperature for a week afterwards.

Understanding Avian Influenza