All poultry workers should know the signs and symptoms of avian influenza virus infection in humans so that measures can be taken for immediate treatment. The signs and symptoms may include:
Infection with avian influenza viruses can also lead to:
A worker who experiences any of these symptoms or illnesses, or who may have been exposed to the avian influenza virus, should seek medical care and tell the healthcare provider before arrival that exposure to the avian influenza virus may have occurred.
Take anti-viral medication & get the current influenza vaccine if appropriate In the event of an avian influenza outbreak, workers who will be involved in disease control and eradication activities should consult their healthcare provider about the advisability of taking anti-viral medications for influenza. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that workers receive a daily influenza antiviral drug for the entire time they are in direct contact with infected poultry or contaminated surfaces.
The CDC recommends workers involved in avian influenza disease control and eradication activities should also get the current season's human general influenza vaccine. These precautionary measures could reduce the possibility of infection with avian and human influenza viruses.