How can I avoid bird flu while travelling?

Bird (avian) influenza is mainly a disease of birds - human infection is very rare. Nevertheless, travellers should take care in parts of Asia and eastern Europe where bird flu is currently found:

1. Avoid poultry farms and live bird markets.

2. Handle uncooked poultry and eggs hygienically, washing hands afterwards.

3. Cook poultry thoroughly before eating.

The current flu vaccine does not work against bird flu, however effective anti-viral drugs are available to prevent or treat infection.

For more info, ring 1800 004 599 or visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/.


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For up to date information, speak to your doctor.


Source: Autumn 2006 Edition | Page 3

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