Avian and other zoonotic influenza: Introduction

Animal influenza viruses are distinct from human seasonal influenza viruses and are not easily transmitted between humans. However, zoonotic influenza viruses – animal influenza viruses that can occasionally infect humans through direct or indirect contact – can lead to disease outcomes in humans ranging from mild illness to death. This course gives an overview of the key information on animal influenza, human cases, and elements of prevention, preparedness and response to human cases.

语言: English
Basic (Basique), Influenza


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Overview: This public health resource pack collates currently available information primarily from WHO, FAO and WOAH recommendations and guidelines on animal influenza, that might be relevant to a country experiencing outbreaks of influenza in animals or facing suspected cases of human infections with zoonotic influenza viruse. It targets personnel involved in avian and other zoonotic influenza outbreak preparedness and response, including medical professionals, public health officials, incident managers and risk communication experts.

Learning objectives: By the end of this course, you will:

  • describe transmission, symptoms and treatment for zoonotic influenza;
  • describe why zoonotic influenza viruses are of potential concern to public health;
  • describe the role of public health authorities in reducing the risk of human infections with zoonotic influenza viruses; and
  • list key preventive strategies.

Course duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Certificates: A Certificate of Achievement will be available to participants who score at least 80% of the total points available in the final assessment. Participants who receive a Certificate of Achievement can also download an Open Badge for this course. Click here to learn how.


  • Avian and other zoonotic influenza: Introduction:

    This module provides an introductory-level overview of the disease.


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  • 课程证书 授予者需要至少取得课程总分的百分之 80%
  • 完成课程可获得开放徽章