Save our planet by protecting migratory birds and their ‘epic journeys,’ urges UN chief

As they make their global journeys, migratory birds not only set birdwatchers’ binoculars agog, they also help the planet maintain its essential ecological balance.

Nigeria: new bird flu strain detected, says UN agriculture agency

A new strain of avian flu never before reported in Africa has been identified in Nigeria, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

Ducks and rice major factors in bird flu outbreaks, says UN agency

Ducks, rice and people – and not chickens – have emerged as the most significant factors in the spread of avian influenza in Thailand and Viet Nam, according to a study carried out by a group of experts from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and associated research centres.

Bird flu deeply entrenched in Indonesia, despite best efforts – UN agency

Despite major efforts to control the outbreak of avian influenza in Indonesia – the country worst hit by the virus – the situation there remains “grave,” the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Commending India’s control of bird flu outbreak, UN says vigilance still needed

The recent, worst-ever outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Indian state of West Bengal seems to have been brought under control by the swift and comprehensive measures taken by the country’s authorities, though continued vigilance was crucial, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.

Five Indonesians succumb to bird flu infection – UN health agency

Five Indonesians living in the west of Java, the most populous island in the Asian archipelago, have become the latest human fatalities from avian influenza, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed.

Indonesian man succumbs to bird flu infection, reports UN health agency

A 47-year-old man from Indonesia’s Banten province on the western tip of the island of Java has become the latest human fatality from avian influenza, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

Fresh outbreak of bird flu claims two lives in Pakistan, says UN agency

At least two Pakistanis have died in a fresh outbreak of avian influenza close to the country’s “poultry belt,” the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

Vigilance against bird flu must not wane, UN agriculture agency warns

The United Nations agriculture agency warned today that continued vigilance is needed to avert a global pandemic of avian influenza as Chinese health officials reported a new case of fatal infection in a human.

UN studies use of space technology in fight against the spread of bird flu

The United Nations is taking steps to promote the application of space technology to help Asian-Pacific countries fight bird flu, drawing on its potential as part of an integrated early-warning system to track the virus’s path in a region that has suffered by far the largest share of both human and avian infections in the world.