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avian influenza

an acute, usually fatal viral disease of chickens and other domestic and wild birds except pigeons, characterized by sudden onset of symptoms including fever, swollen head and neck, bluish-black comb and wattle, and difficult respiration.
Also called bird plague, fowl plague. Unabridged
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  • Three experts discuss the new avian influenza controversy.
  • Over time mutation spawns new diseases: avian influenza becomes human influenza, bovine rinderpest becomes measles.
  • Yet it's unclear whether this vaccine will work against a more virulent strain of avian influenza.
  • And with avian influenza, it could happen all over again.
  • avian influenza is a viral disease of birds, especially waterfowl.
  • Currently, the government is stockpiling the vaccination in case of an avian influenza outbreak.
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