10 March 2006

UN Prepares for Avian Flu Pandemic

Since the first reports of H5N1 in Asia at the end of 2003, over 170 bird-to-human transmissions have been reported, 92 of them fatal, mostly in South-East Asia and China and nearly 200 million domestic poultry have died or been culled in order to contain the spread. UN health officials have warned that the virus could evolve into a lethal human pandemic if it mutates into a form which could transmit easily among people.

“Frankly, there will be a pandemic, sooner or later,” Dr. David Nabarro, the UN System’s Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza told correspondents...


Here's my previous post about avian flu possibly being just the tip of the iceberg.

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