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FAO and African Union sign Memorandum of Understanding to control avian influenza H7N9 spread

07/08/2013 - 

A new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between FAO and the African Union Commission (AUC) signed last August 2013 will help to prevent and control outbreaks of influenza A (H7N9), better known as avian influenza.

The project will foster partnerships among key stakeholders and link to other initiatives in the affected regions to further improve disease control mechanisms.  It will also play a catalytic role in filling the funding gap by attracting additional donors’ contributions to enhance countries capacity to face the H7N9 crisis.

H7N9, a serotype of the species Influenza virus A, was first reported to have infected humans in February 2013 in China. The priority activities under this TCP will be to target at-risk countries including those previously infested with bird flu (HPAI), notably EgyptNigeriaGhanaCote D'Ivoire and Cameroon and those having close trade ties and flight connections with China particularly, KenyaZambia, DRCTanzaniaEthiopia and Senegal.