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Sent: mercredi 8 février 2006 17:01
Subject: BIRD FLU OUTBREAK IN
BIRD FLU OUTBREAK IN
An outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus in
FAO said in a statement that along with the World Organization for Animal Health it would now send veterinary experts to the West African country to assess the situation and examine how the virus got there.
“The outbreak in
“If the situation in
The origins of the spread are not yet known. “It remains unclear if the outbreak has been triggered by migratory birds or by the trade and movement of poultry or poultry products,” said Joseph Domenech, FAO Chief Veterinary Officer.
The Rome-based agency urged veterinary services in
Transparency, rapid interventions and close collaboration with the international community are crucial to stop the spread of the virus, FAO added.
“We are aware that veterinary services in
During the last two years, several countries have reported outbreaks of avian influenza caused by the H5N1 virus in people, and close to 100 have died, most of them in
So far, the virus has only spread from infected animals to humans, but the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that it could change into a form that spreads easily from person to person, triggering an influenza pandemic that could kill tens of millions of people worldwide.
Last month, donors pledged $1.9 billion to fight the spread of the disease, and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called for a massive, coordinated international response to the virus.
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