Colds and flu

Bird flu and Sars

Avian influenza or bird flu is a type of flu spread by birds, particularly geese, ducks and chickens. Bird flu is highly contagious and is often fatal for humans. SARS stands for severe acute respiratory syndrome and is caused by a coronavirus that is presumed to have passed to humans from bats. Learn more about these types of flu viruses and how they develop, here.

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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
She has additional training in ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Paediatric Advanced Life Support) as well as biostatistics and epidemiology.

Dr Van Deventer is currently working as a researcher at the Desmond Tutu Tuberculosis Centre at the University of Stellenbosch.

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