Bird Flu Alarm

Exams and Tests

If you think you have been exposed to the virus, call your health care provider before your office visit. This will give the staff a chance to take steps to protect themselves and other people during your office visit.

There are tests for the avian flu, but they are not widely available. One type of test can give results in about 4 hours.

Your provider might also do the following tests:

- Listening to the lungs (to detect abnormal breath sounds)

- Chest x-ray

- Culture from the nose or throat

- A method or technique to detect the virus, called RT-PCR

- White blood cell count

Other tests may be done to look at how well your heart, kidneys, and liver are working.