It’s not only humans that get the flu, animals do too. Cats, dogs, cows, pigs, and birds all have their own flu virus, and avian flu, also known as bird flu, affects poultry (including chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese), wild birds and even pet birds, like budgies and parrots.
There are many types of bird flu, and most are harmless to humans, however occasionally, in rare cases where bird flu does infect humans, the consequences can be serious. Transmission usually occurs via direct from an infected bird. It’s worth noting that not all birds get sick from the infection. This means a seemingly healthy bird can still pose a health risk Learn more about bird flu causes, symptoms and how to prevent it below.