Avian flu; Bird flu; Bird flu (avian influenza); H5N1 

Symadine; Symmetrel 

Bird flu is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These flu viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, bird flu is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them. Gold Bamboo Special Report on Bird Flu

Amantadine, 1-adamantane amine, is an antiviral drug that was approved by the FDA in 1976 for the treatment of influenza type A in adults. The drug has also been demonstrated to help reduce symptoms of Parkinson's disease and drug-induced short-term extrapyramidal syndroms. As an antiparkinsonic it is being prescribed together with L-DOPA when L-DOPA responses decline (probably due to tolerance).

Avian Influenza as related to Amantadine

  • Avian influenza - Wikipedia
    Avian influenza A viruses cause the flu infection in birds. ... The virus that causes human avian flu is resistant to the antiviral medicines amantadine and rimantadine.

  • amantadine Index - MedicineNet
    Amantadine, Symmetrel ([Discontinued]) is a drug prescribed for the prevention and treatment of influenza A, and the symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

  • Antiviral Dosage | Health Professionals | Seasonal ...
    Influenza antiviral drug dosage recommendations by age group, intended use (chemoprophylaxis or treatment), and medical conditions from the CDC Centers for …

  • Influenza (Flu) -
    Therefore, amantadine and rimantadine are not recommended for ... Avian influenza A viruses with the potential to cause severe human disease currently ...