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Bird flu is a risk to reckon with.

Some people want to keep chickens out of cities and suburban areas or are afraid to own chickens because they fear bird influenza. You’re more likely to get human flu or West Nile virus than bird flu, or avian flu.

There have been outbreaks of bird flu among domestic poultry in the United States, but none so far have come from the dreaded H5N1 strain, the one responsible for disease and death in humans in Asia and some other countries. Most strains of bird flu do not infect humans.

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