Meaning of avian influenza

a'vian influen'za

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. an acute, usually fatal viral disease of chickens and other domestic and wild birds except pigeons, characterized by sudden onset of symptoms including fever, swollen head and neck, bluish-black comb and wattle, and difficult respiration. Also called
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