Influenza A virus subtype H5N1

Cause of H5N1 Influenza:

The cause of H5N1 influenza is because of a virus called “HPAI A(H5N1)”, which is the the short form for “highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1”. It is responsible for thousands of deaths of domestic flocks and humans across Asia, Europe and Africa.


H5N1 influenza affects humans and certain poultry, the symptoms are quite different, therefor, it is divided into avian flu of birds and avian flu or human beings. The symptoms of H5N1 influenza in avian are ruffled feathers, increased secretion from eye and also a lost of appetite.

The common symptoms of H5N1 influenza in human beings are fever, shortness of breath, headache, cough, sore throat, muscle pain and sore eyes. It is so common that it is often left unnoticed, it is perilous that it is unnoticed because the longer it is disregarded, the harder it is to be cured.

How is it spread:

H5N1 influenza is a common disease that can be found inside avian. This virus is transmitted through it’s vectors, which are common avian species. They include both household or wild avians, such as chickens, turkeys, pigeons, ducks , geese etc. It is then pass on to human beings. Although the vectors of this virus are avians, there are also a some chances of it passing along from human to human. The open-air market is a seedbed for the H5N1 virus to grow and multiply, thanks to the unhygienic conditions. On the other hand, the H5N1 virus can’t be spread by eating throughly cooked meat or eggs from infected fowl.

Cure / Treatment:

The H5N1 virus is easily mutated, so it is hard to control and restrain, not to say curing it. Only Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) provide some sort of effectual support against H5N1 influenza. Reports also shown that Tamiflu’s efficacy against the H5N1 avian flu has