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Influenza Virus Net is the web resource for anyone interested in influenza and flu pandemics. Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is an infectious disease caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae (the influenza viruses), that affects humans, birds and other mammals. The virus spreads easily from person to person. Influenza circulates worldwide and can affect anybody in any age group. Influenza causes annual epidemics that peak during winter in temperate regions. Influenza is a serious public health problem that causes severe illnesses and deaths for higher risk populations. The most common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. Sore throat, fever and coughs are the most frequent symptoms. In more serious cases, influenza causes pneumonia, which can be fatal, particularly for the young and the elderly. An influenza epidemic can take an economic toll through lost workforce productivity, and strain health services. Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection.

The objectives of Influenza Virus Net are to be the public and professional information resource for influenza and to serve as a network in the exchange of information and news related to influenza.

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  • PRO/AH/EDR> Avian influenza (17): Nepal (TH) poultry, HPAI H5N1, OIE
    Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:33:16 -0400
    Avian Influenza H5N1 -- Nepal
    Information received on [and dated] 17 Mar 2019 from Dr Bimal Kumar Nirmal, Director General, Department of Livestock Services, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, Nepal
    Report type: immediate notification
    Date of start of the event: 14 Feb 2019
    Date of confirmation of the event: 6 Mar 2019
    Reason for notification: recurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence: 10 Sep 2018
    Manifestation of disease: clinical disease
    Causal agent: Highly pathogenic

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