UN agency warns of growing bird flu risk, urges vigilance ahead of Chinese holidays

The United Nations agricultural agency today issued a new warning that bird flu viruses are on the rise again in China and urged neighbouring countries to be extra vigilant head of the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities.

Avian flu outbreak leads to culling of over 10,000 birds in Nepal – UN agency

Nepalese authorities have begun slaughtering thousands of poultry and disposing of their carcasses in response to an outbreak of bird flu in the south-eastern region of the country, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said today.

Avian influenza: situation improving but threat remains, UN expert says

Although some countries are facing continuing and significant outbreaks of bird flu, the situation in the rest of the world is improving because of major efforts by governments around the world, the United Nations System Influenza Coordinator said today.

Avian flu remains global threat, cautions UN

Despite advances in controlling the virus, recent avian influenza outbreaks in more than one dozen countries reveal that it is still a global threat, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Countries must maintain vigilance in fight against bird flu, says new UN report

Despite significant advances to deal with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in the past two years, countries must maintain their vigilance and cooperate in the face of a possible pandemic, according to a joint United Nations and World Bank report.

Production of vaccine against bird flu could take months - UN official

The production of a vaccine against 'bird flu'- a new outbreak which so far has caused a number of deaths but is not spreading among people - could take several months, a senior United Nations health official said today.

UN health agency begins preparing vaccine against 'bird flu'

The United Nations health agency has begun trying to rapidly develop a vaccine against avian influenza - sometimes known as "bird flu" - after an outbreak that has claimed five lives in Hanoi, Viet Nam, in recent weeks.

UN agency voices serious concern over spread of ‘bird flu’ in East Asia

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) expressed serious concern today about the spread of avian flu in East Asia, where the outbreak, also known as “bird flu,” could affect the livelihood of thousands of farmers relying on chicken production.