Background information on Bird Flu
(avian influenza)

Cases of Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) have occurred around the world since 1997, with growing numbers of bird to human transmission of the virus in 2005 and 2006. As of spring 2006, there have been no confirmed cases of this particular flu virus being transmitted from human to human. However, several varieties of the virus have been detected around the world, and there is still the possibility that the virus may change and become a much bigger problem, especially to airline passengers and crew members. The following links provide information on Bird Flu including disease symptoms and advice on how to limit the spread of the disease.

The following information, primarily from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, can be used by passengers, airline professionals, and emergency or medical personnel so that they may be better prepared to prevent the spread of this disease.

Of particular interest to air travelers and airline professionals is information regarding airline related risks. The following should provide some useful guidance to airline crews, aircraft operators, and passengers.

Background information on Bird Flu (avian influenza) -- Revised 1 June 2008