Avian flu: a major world public health challenge

By UN Radio's Magazine Programme - Perspective
Nov. 2005

The international community is preparing for the possibility that the avian flu virus will mutate into a human flu virus and develop into a pandemic influenza. Global meetings have already taken place at UN headquarters in New York and WHO headquarters in Geneva.

 

The Food and Agricultural Organization is working with affected countries to curb the spread of avian flu through vaccinating birds, isolating domestic birds from wild birds, and if necessary culling them. South-East Asian countries in which human deaths have occurred from avian flu - Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia - also discuss their strategies. WHO considers avian flu a major global public health challenge.

 

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