Bird flu outbreaks cause alarm across Asia and Europe. Japan, South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and Romania are wrestling with H5 avian flu outbreaks. Delhi zoo in India was forced to close this year after a series of bird deaths linked to bird flu.
How bird flu spreads to humans
Bird flu is spread by direct contact with an infected bird’s droppings, infected birds, no matter if dead or alive, or secretions from their respiratory tract or eyes.
Prolonged and close contact is generally required for the infection to spread to humans.
- being in contact with or inhaling the dried dust from the bedding or droppings of infected birds
- touching infected birds that are dead or alive
- being in contact with or inhaling the sneezed droplets from the infected birds
- preparing for cooking, slaughtering, culling, or butchering infected poultry
Live markets are another possible source of bird flu. Birds here sometimes are sold in crowded and unsanitary conditions. So the best advice is to avoid this kind of markets if there is an outbreak of bird flu.
Bird flu can not be transmitted through cooked food. Eggs and poultry are safe to eat in places that have experienced outbreaks of bird flu.
Signs and symptoms
Bird flu symptoms are just like other types of flu, and they often include:
- aching muscles
- high temperature (fever)
- respiratory symptoms, such as a runny nose or a cough,
- abdominal (stomach) pain, vomiting, diarrhea, chest pain, and bleeding from the gums and nose are also reported as early symptoms in some people.
These symptoms can suddenly appear. The incubation period is usually 3-4 days, even though in some cases it can be up to seven days.
Preventing bird flu
There are a lot of things you can do to reduce your risk when you are in areas with reported outbreaks
- don’t touch or pick up birds no matter if dead or alive
- avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with bird droppings
- avoid visiting poultry farms and live animal markets
- don’t handle or eat raw or undercooked egg, duck or poultry dishes
- always wash your hands regularly and practice good personal hygiene
Top Foods for Flu Recovery
Water – The key to flushing out the virus from your system is to be adequately hydrated. Try to drink at least one cup every 2 hours.
Light, easily digestible foods – Include cooked vegetables, soups with bone broth, or herbal teas. Don’t force yourself to eat.
Hot water with honey, lemon, and cinnamon – This cure keeps you hydrated and prevents mucus buildup.
Garlic and onions – Both help boost immune function.
Ginger – Make a ginger tea, let it cool down a bit and then add raw honey.
Foods to Avoid
Processed foods – are nutrient deficient, contain GMO’s, and can prolong flu symptoms.
Sugar – Decreases the number of white blood cells that help fight off infection.
Conventional Dairy – Pasteurized milk and processed dairy products are mucus producing.
Fruit juices – Orange juice contains some vitamin C, but not as high as whole fruits or vegetables. So if you want to drink juice it is better to dilute it.
Caffeine – it should be avoided because it depletes the body of electrolytes.
Best 5 Flu Natural Remedies
Try these natural flu remedies to decrease symptoms associated with the flu and to speed up the recovery.
Vitamin C boosts white blood cells and helps with immune system function. Take 1,000mg, 3-4 times daily
Zinc has an antiviral effect and supports immune function. It gives the best results when taken at the first sign of illness. Take 50-100mg daily
This herb is best to take at the first sign of illness and it can help your body fight off infections. Take 1,000mg, 2-3 times daily
This herb can naturally boost immunity and de-activate the flu virus. Take 10 mL daily
This oil has a powerful antiviral effect. Take 500mg two times daily
Essential Oils for Flu
Rubbing frankincense and peppermint essential oil to the bottoms of the feet and neck can naturally support the immune system. Clove oil can also speed recovery from the flu and can protect the body against infection.