UN health agency calls for heightened control in Viet Nam after new bird flu case

The United Nations health agency has called for heightened control measures against bird flu in Viet Nam following informal reports of a new human case, warning that increases in poultry marketing, transportation, and consumption with the approach of the Lunar New Year in February create conditions favouring its spread.

Apparently healthy ducks may pose new risk in spread of deadly bird flu – UN

Domestic ducks without symptoms may be acting as a silent reservoir for a potentially deadly strain of bird flu that could be transmitted to humans, United Nations agencies warned today.

WHO in Thailand investigating possible spread of bird flu by humans

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is helping authorities in Thailand determine if two recent cases of bird flu are evidence of the first human-to-human transmission of the virus, raising fears of a possible influenza pandemic.

Bird flu crisis of 'global importance,' UN agency warns

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that the bird flu epidemic in Asia is a "crisis of global importance," and predicted that the virus, which continues to circulate in the region, will probably not be eradicated in the near future.

Bird flu: UN health agency to probe possible role of cats in the infection of humans

The United Nations health agency is investigating reports that bird flu, which experts say could mutate into a potentially deadly human pandemic under certain conditions, has now jumped the species barrier to infect cats.

UN health agency seeks details on potentially ominous bird flu infection in pigs

The United Nations health agency is seeking further details from China about the first-ever reported natural infection of pigs with a highly infectious strain of bird flu, a development that could be of particular concern as it would increase opportunities for the emergence of a new human influenza virus with pandemic potential.

Bird flu: UN to send team to Viet Nam to assess risks from latest human deaths

The United Nations health agency is sending a small staff team to Viet Nam to assess the risks posed by the latest deadly outbreak of bird flu in humans and its potential to mutate into a human pandemic.

UN warns of risk of bird flu evolving into human pandemic after three new deaths

Bird flu has killed three more people in Viet Nam, the first officially reported cases of avian influenza in humans since February, raising concerns about the potential evolution of the virus into a human pandemic, according to the United Nations health agency.

UN agency sets up regional Asian networks to better fight deadly bird flu

With bird flu continuing to pose a serious threat after killing almost two dozen people and ravaging Asia's domestic poultry earlier this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today announced a series of regional veterinary networks to better battle the virus.

UN health agency urges steps to prevent bird flu causing human pandemic

Concerned by a new simultaneous outbreak of bird flu in several Asian countries, the United Nations health agency today warned of the possible emergence of a strain capable of sparking a potentially deadly global human pandemic and called on local authorities to take all necessary precautions when culling infected poultry.