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What causes avian flu?

Avian flu, or bird flu, occurs when a person is infected by a strain of influenza virus that normally infects birds. It is not very contagious from one to person to another. Unlike seasonal flu, it is usually spread by contact with infected birds. Infected birds may be wild or domesticated.

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