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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Influenza? 1-
How to Prevent Influenza? 2-
What is avian influenza? 3-
What are the symptoms? How soon do symptoms start? How long does it last? 4-
What about an influenza pandemic? 5-
Is flue pandemic different to flue that occurs every year? 6-
What are the symptoms of pandemic flue? 7-
Who is at risk from pandemic flu? 8-
Can pandemic flu kill people? 9-
Which viruses cause highly pathogenic disease? 10-
What is the present situation? 11-
What is the current level of threat of a pandemic in the world? 12-
Why are Health Authorities worried about avian influenza? 13-
Do migratory birds considered source of Threat? 14-
Do migratory birds spread highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses? 15-
What are the control measures in birds? 16-
What are the signs of disease in the infected birds? 17-
What are the consequences of outbreaks in poultry? 18-
Does Avian influenza considered a human health concern? 19-
Can humans be infected and how common? 20-
At present, is there evidence of efficient human-to-human transmission? 21-
Is it reassuring that so few human cases have occurred? 22-
How do outbreaks of avian influenza spread within a country among birds and Humans? 23-
How does the disease spread from one country to another? 24-
Which influenza considered the most serious? 25-
Is it considered a global Threat? 26-
Why we should differentiate between the needed concern and the unnecessary fear? 27-
What about the pandemic risk? 28-
What changes are needed for H5N1 to become a pandemic virus? 29-
Are there any other causes for concern? 30-
Are the right control measures being applied? 31-
What measures are in place to prevent avian influenza in Bahrain? 32-
Is Bahrain disease free? 33-
Can a pandemic be averted? 34-
What is the predicted number of deaths from the pandemic virus? 35-
What are the most important warning signals that a pandemic is about to start? 36-
Where have human cases occurred? 37-
Apart from H5N1, have other avian influenza viruses ever infected humans? 38-
How do people become infected from birds? 39-
How does pandemic flu spread from human to human? 40-
Can Avian influenza transmitted through eating food? 41-
How is pandemic flu treated? 42-
Is there a vaccine effective against H5N1 in humans? 43-
What about vaccines during a flu pandemic? 44-
What drugs are available for treatment? 45-
How can I protect myself and others from pandemic flu? 46-
How to protect our self during travel? 47-
Is pandemic flu a quarantinable disease? 48-
If I get pandemic flu will I be put in quarantine? 49-
How long would people be quarantined for? 50-
How will I know if a pandemic has reached Bahrain? 51-
How well prepared Bahrain for pandemic influenza? 52-
What are the good news? 53-
What are the important updated messages? 54-
Do you need more information? 55-
 
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