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avian flu
Jul 2, 2005

I am healthy on reyataz, zerit and epivir, but worried about avian flu. Has avian flu mutated to be easily transmitted from human to human? Anything people on HIV meds should do?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

Fortunately (so far), there have only been a relatively small number of avian flu cases in humans. A much bigger health risk is the usual influenza A-- a disease that kills tens of thousands every year. Getting your annual influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent flu A; as for avian flu, perhaps avoidance of the countries in Asia where avian is a problem is prudent; more importantly, emphasis on hand washing (with soap) is a excellent way to avoid these (and other) respiratory viral infections. BY



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