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News & features archive, 2012

Continued partnership will strengthen countries' preparedness, surveillance and response

FAO’s commitment to fight emerging disease threats in "hotspot" regions worldwide is getting a boost with new funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The funding amounts to more than $20 million...

The current H7N3 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks occurring in Jalisco, Mexico, demonstrate the constant risk from the circulation of avian influenza viruses to poultry industries throughout the world. In countries that have significant commercial poultry industries, with high numbers of animals living in high-density populations, HPAI outbreaks can cause rapid and severe economic losses to agro-industry and trade. Countries with weaker infrastructure might not withstand shocks to food prices and the resulting food insecurity, especially for more vulnerable households...

Nine countries opened a three-day conference today to discuss how to improve methods to prevent and control avian influenza amid continuing outbreaks and how best to address the ongoing evolution and geographic spread of new viral strains that are increasingly less responsive to existing vaccines and control measures...

By using a mobile phone in Bangladesh, the SMS Gateway system has dramatically changed the time it takes for the government to receive and respond to reports of highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks.....

FAO recently launched projects in four Asian countries to step up defenses against influenza by moving beyond a focus on domestic poultry to instead address a range of threats posed by the ever closer mingling of humans, wild animals and, especially, livestock animals, and the potentially devastating influenza viruses they share....