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Bird Flu Protection Methods

Aug 17, 2007
Bird flu appeared in Hong Kong in 1997 and started to extend among poultry birds and flocks of wild birds rapidly. People who had a contact with infected birds fell ill with avian flu and many of them died. Researches have become anxious about bird flu protection, for the virus could start to pass not only from bird to human, but also from human to human. And that would result in another pandemic like Spanish flu outbreak that killed millions of people.

Mechanisms of Catching the Virus and Bird Flu Protection

Like common cold or influenza, bird flu gets into human organism through dirty hands contacting with mucilaginous membranes of eyes and nose. Thus the first step of bird flu protection is to keep hands as clean as possible. For this purpose many pharmaceutical companies advise using disposable gloves and hand sanitizer. You may also wash your hands thoroughly, but in this case only specific types of soap may help. For instance, anti-bacterial soap is not recommended.

Another way of bird flu protection is nasal irrigation. But as well as washing hands this method is not that simple, either. Those people whose work is connected with direct interaction with infected birds and ill people are strongly recommended to wear respirators and biofilter masks.

Taking Medicine as Another Way of Bird Flu Protection

Tamiflu is considered to be one of the most effective remedy that fights H5N1 strain. Tamiflu is an antiviral drug that contains Oseltamivir phosphate which is considered to ensure successful bird flu protection. One of the disadvantages of using Tamiflu is that the virus may become resistant to this medicine. Therefore it is recommended to take an additional drug of the same family, like Relenza (zanamivir). In any case it is necessary to follow the doctor's orders.

Another disadvantage of Tamifluis that its effects may turn to be so destructive that it may influence the immune system negatively. Therefore it is necessary to start with improving the state of immunity. It is obvious that you should take a 'knock-out' dose of vitamin C every day and must not take any antibiotics, for they cannot struggle agains the bird flu virus and will just kill antibodies that are produced by human organism and serve as natural instrument of bird flu protection.

Besides that, some researches recommend to take over-the-counter drugs, which help to enhance immunity and will defend you from negative conditions of the environment. These are such substances as Thymic Protein A, ImmunoLin (Immune Advantage) and Beta 1,3-D Glucan.
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