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UN bird flu experts arrive in South Korea to assess risk following outbreaks in poultry

A team of bird flu experts from a joint United Nations crisis centre set up to deal with the emergency arrived today in South Korea to assess regional risks and protective measures following three recent outbreaks of the disease among domestic poultry in rural areas south of the capital Seoul.

International donors pledge $475 million to fight bird flu at UN-backed conference

The International donor community today pledged $475 million to fight bird flu after a senior United Nations official warned them that the virus, with its possible mutation into a deadly human pandemic, remains a potent threat around the world.

Bird flu remains potent threat with possibility of human pandemic, UN agency warns

The bird flu virus, with its possible mutation into a deadly human pandemic, remains a potent threat around the world, with greater transparency and sharing of information critical to meet the challenge, and Africa emerging as a top priority for resources and technical aid, according to the latest United Nations update released today.

Up to $1.5 billion needed to counter bird flu over the next three years: UN coordinator

Despite significant progress in the past year to combat the global spread of deadly bird flu, it remains a very real threat particularly in Africa, the United Nations coordinator for response to the disease said today, estimating that up to $1.5 billion in international assistance is needed worldwide over the next two to three years for preventive measures.

Regular assessment of bird flu vaccine in poultry needed after reported virus change – UN

A reported change in the bird flu virus comes as no surprise but underscores the need to assess regularly vaccines currently in use for poultry, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today.

Global vigilance is needed to counter bird flu, Indonesia causes concern: UN coordinator

While the deadly bird flu virus has not spread as widely as feared in Africa, vigilance is still needed across the world to counter its advance and deal with its impact on humans, the United Nations coordinator for the disease said today, expressing in particular “very great concern” over Indonesia, where practically the whole country has been affected.

New UN crisis centre launched to combat spread of bird flu and other animal diseases

Rapid response specialists will be on deck around the clock seven days a week to fight bird flu outbreaks and other major animal health or food health-related emergencies anywhere in the world at a new Crisis Management Centre (CMC) launched by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today.

Bird flu: UNICEF helps Thailand with preventive education in schools

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is helping Thailand with a nationwide school-based campaign to protect children and their families from the spread of bird flu and the threat of its mutation into a deadly human pandemic.

UN’s Influenza Pandemic Task Force meets for the first time; will play advisory role

The United Nations health agency’s Influenza Pandemic Task Force (IPTF), which will advise the world body on how best to respond to health issues of global concern related to bird flu and pandemic influenza, has held its first meeting in Geneva.

New UN guide helps Latin American farmers prevent avian influenza

In order to help prevent a possible outbreak of avian flu in Latin America and the Caribbean and raise public awareness of the threat posed by the disease, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a new handbook for the region’s small-scale poultry farmers.