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Has avian flu ever been detected in humans?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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Image: USGS Avian Flu Research


The correct answer is yes. In 2013, two new avian influenza strains were confirmed in people in China and Taiwan. Also, influenza outbreaks in poultry in Egypt, Indonesia, the Netherlands and elsewhere have led to human infections with avian influenza viruses. These strains are not easily transmissible between humans. Moreover, wildlife, especially waterfowl, harbor a wide variety of avian influenza viruses, and human interactions with wildlife are a concern. It’s important for the public to be aware of the possible infection risks. USGS scientists are working with partners to understand the role of wildlife in human diseases, including the transmission of influenza.

To learn more, visit the USGS website on avian influenza. Get more details on the USGS science strategy for avian influenza. Read a fact sheet on the USGS response to avian influenza.

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