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Bird Flu is also called avian influenza. It is a viral infection that affects birds, humans and other animals, but most forms of this virus affect only birds. The most prevalent kind of avian flu is H5N1. It is lethal to birds and may quickly infect people and other animals that come into touch with a carrier. According to the World Health Organization, H5N1 was first identified in humans in 1997 and has killed almost 60% of those infected.
The virus is not yet known to transmit via human-to-human contact. Nonetheless, some scientists are concerned that H5N1 may become a pandemic danger to humans.