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Avian Flu, Bird Flu, H5N1, Avian Influenza
How to Avoid Avian Influenza at Home
- Be careful of poultry carcasses from the market. Wash with soap each time you touch or prepare poultry meat for cooking. Duck meat is especially dangerous. Use a cutting board that is only for raw meat.
- Be careful with eggs. Wash them well before boiling. Wash your hands with soap after touching or breaking eggs.
- Cook poultry very well. Even a little red blood can make you sick.
- Put cooked meat on a clean plate. Do not use a plate that raw meat was on until it has been washed and dried.
- Wash everything that contacted raw meat, like knives, cutting boards, counters, and pans with soap and dry it well before using it again.
- Infected poultry and eggs should not be sold in the market. Watch out for people who butcher sick animals and sell them just so they don’t lose money.
- If Avian Influenza is in your area avoid going to gatherings of people. People may spread the disease even before they begin to feel sick.
- If you get sick with fever and a cold seek medical help immediately.
- You should cover their mouth and nose with a cloth or your hand any time you cough or sneeze.
- All family members of someone who gets sick should stay at home for 10 days to prevent spreading sickness to other people.
- Protect yourself with a mask, gloves and careful washing whenever you help someone with Avian Influenza.
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