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News & features archive, 2013

Initiatives to help Asian countries improve virus detection, control and response

Two emergency regional projects aimed at containing avian influenza were launched by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific at a three-day workshop. The meeting was attended by veterinary experts from countries in the sub-regions of Southeast and South Asia and from a number of international organizations and development partners...
International experts recommend vigilance and promote targeted surveillance, market restructuring to fight H7N9, H5N1 and other threats

FAO has issued a new warning to the international community that the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season...
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A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FAO and the African Union Commission (AUC) signed today will help to prevent and control outbreaks of influenza A (H7N9), better known as avian influenza...
External link to the FAO H7N9 dedicated section

In April 2013, some of the world's top scientists gathered at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for an emergency consultation on the new avian influenza threat called H7N9. Animal and public health specialists teamed up with virologists, disease control managers, anthropologists and a wide range of other experts to translate current knowledge into practical advice. The resulting guidelines were designed to help member countries prepare for and manage the risks posed by H7N9...
Asia needs to strengthen biosecurity measures and surveillance

FAO has urged countries in Asia to remain vigilant in the face of the avian influenza A(H7N9) virus...
FAO supports China and neighbouring countries in disease detection and animal health management

Responding to the occurrence of the A(H7N9) influenza virus in China requires strong biosecurity measures, FAO said today. Unlike other influenza strains, including highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, this new virus is hard to detect in poultry because the novel virus causes little to no signs of disease in animals...
World risks new bird flu surge if countries drop their guard

The world risks a repeat of the disastrous 2006 bird flu outbreaks unless surveillance and control of this and other dangerous animal diseases is strengthened globally, FAO warns...