From Pandemic Potential to Preparedness: Exploring the Growing Threat of H5N1 Avian Influenza

Bird flu, also known as avian influenza, has gained global attention in recent years due to multiple outbreaks across various parts of the world. Although the virus primarily affects bird populations, it can jump to humans in rare cases, often with serious consequences. Public health experts warn that if the virus mutates further to allow efficient human-to-human transmission, it could trigger a global pandemic with devastating consequences. Here is an in-depth look at the bird flu threat and the efforts underway to prevent a looming pandemic.