The Ultimate Avian Flu Quiz

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The Ultimate Avian Flu Quiz
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About This Quiz

You may think that avian flu is limited to one corner of the world and has little significance for your well-being. Consider this: A different avian flu strain once resulted in one of the worst epidemics the world has ever seen. Scientists believe the current bird flu strain is one step away from recreating such a catastrophe. Take this quiz and learn about this vicious and deadly flu strain.
Which flu strain is associated with bird flu?
H1N1
H5N1
The bird flu, also known as avian flu and H5N1, is particularly vicious. It can spread quickly and cause serious health complications, even death.
H1N5

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What percentage of people infected with avian flu have died?
10 percent
25 percent
50 percent
Avian flu has an exceptionally high mortality rate. Half of the people who have become infected with this nasty flu strain have died.

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Where did the avian flu originate?
the Middle East
Southeast Asia
The current strain of avian flu originated in Southeast Asia in 2003. It is the largest and most severe strain of avian flu on record.
Australia

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Who is at greatest risk of catching avian flu?
People who are in close contact with birds.
Right now, only people who are in close contact with birds are at risk. The virus cannot be transmitted from person to person. If this were to happen, a serious and deadly pandemic would likely ensue.
People who live in poor Asian countries.
Anyone of Asian descent.

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Avian flu is common in what type of birds?
ducks
chickens
both of the above
The flu tends to infect clusters of bird populations. Domestic waterfowl, such as ducks and chickens, are generally the species of birds that gets infected.

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What epidemic was the result of an avian flu virus?
the flu epidemic of 1918
In 1918, an avian flu virus similar to H5N1 mutated and was able to transmit from person to person. This resulted in a flu epidemic of catastrophic proportions, as some 50 million people died worldwide.
the black plague
both of the above

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Currently, experts believe the world is __________ to handle a new flu epidemic.
well equipped
adequately equipped
ill equipped
The World Health Organization has urged countries to prepare themselves for a new flu epidemic. The world as a whole, however, is still poorly equipped to handle an epidemic similar to the 1918 flu epidemic.

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How can you prepare yourself for a flu epidemic?
get the flu shot
stock up on canned food and water
Any emergency disaster plan requires you to have a stockpile of canned food and water. Also have an emergency battery-powered radio in the house. You can also protect yourself and your family by getting the traditional flu shot.
both of the above

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What treatment has proven to be effective in treating the current strain of bird flu?
standard antibiotics
a new medication called Tamiflu
Tamiflu has been used for successfully treating people infected with H5N1. Some people, however, are resistant to the medication.
homeopathic remedies

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What scientific discovery may eventually protect the world from a future bird flu epidemic?
new medications for treating the flu
decoding the genetic sequence of H5N1
In 2005, scientists informed the world that they had decoded the genetic sequence of the H5N1 flu strain. Understanding the genetic sequence of this flu strain will hopefully allow scientists to develop ways to fight the virus.
a new H5N1 flu shot

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