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1. Posted by kekate (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

I was doing some research on a trip to Egypt when I saw that there have been many cases of the bird flu there. Am I just being really paranoid or is it likely for a tourist to get the bird flu while touring Egypt? People can die from that.

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

I think you are a bit on the paranoid side.

I spent 2 weeks in Egypt about 4 months ago and did not think once about bird flu either before I booked my tour, during, or after. The guide and travel agent never mentioned anything about it and I don't think there's much reason to worry.

I may not be very well informed but I think bird flu is only a risk to those who have regular contact with birds (eg. farmers, etc.). I don't believe the virus is transmissable from humans to humans - this was the big scare in the media- if the virus mutates to be transmissable between humans there would be problems, but at the moment it isnt the case, just from birds to humans.

In my time in Egypt I think the only times were I was in contact with birds was when I ate them anyway :P (chicken). But such contact isn't regular, and I'm not sure that cooked birds carry the virus, so it's all pretty negligable

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

I was travelling in Iran and Turkey at the time the bird flu scare there was at its height, there tourists were warned to stay away from birds. Living birds that is, specifically shit and feather dust. Eating cooked chicken was ok, but handling raw poultry or travelling with it (a farmer had a dead plucked chicken) was a big no-no.

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Jan-2009, at 22:28 by t_maia ]

4. Posted by kekate (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Okay yeah I think that I am paranoid. Thanks for the input!