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Falling poultry consumption due to bird flu threatens industry profitability – UN

Poultry consumption is likely to fall this year in many countries in Europe, Middle East, and Africa that have been hit by bird flu due to unfounded fears of disease transmission, with declining poultry prices threatening industry profitability worldwide, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

UN agency sends official to Niger to advise on controlling bird flu

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported today that it has sent a Regional Coordinator to advise Niger, one of the world’s poorest nations, on how to control the spread of the deadly bird flu virus.

Nigerian bird flu outbreak threatens regional disaster, UN agency warns

The deadly bird flu virus continues to spread in poultry in Nigeria and could cause a regional disaster despite strong control efforts taken by the Nigerian authorities, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, calling for a vaccination campaign involving thousands of veterinarians and international donor support.

UN health agency reports rapid spread of bird flu to 13 new countries in February

Thirteen countries have now reported the occurrence of bird flu in wild and domestic birds since the beginning of the month, part of a recent pattern of rapid geographical spread of the virus, which in a worst case scenario could develop into a lethal human pandemic, the United Nations health agency said today.

UN agency concerned deadly bird flu virus may spread throughout West Africa

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today expressed “growing concern” that the deadly bird flu virus may spread to other countries in West Africa following its discovery in Nigeria last week, and warned that the effect on the already impoverished region would be devastating.

UN praises Italy’s response to deadly bird flu after discovery in south of country

Italy has taken “extremely effective” measures to control the spread of the deadly bird flu virus after it was discovered in six wild swans in the south of the country, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, emphasizing that continued vigilance was necessary to control the disease.

UN urges halt to cross-border chicken trade near Nigeria to stop spread of bird flu

Following the outbreak of bird flu in Nigeria, a United Nations agency and its partner on the issue today called for a total halt the movement of poultry across borders in the region to stem the spread of the virus.

UN bird flu coordinator advocates multi-prong effort to control deadly virus

The top United Nations coordinator for bird flu said today that the world needs a four-prong approach involving governments, civil society, the private sector and media to control the spread of the deadly avian influenza virus.

Bird flu outbreak in Nigeria shows Africa at high risk from disease – UN agency

An outbreak of the deadly bird flu virus in Nigeria shows that the rest of Africa is in danger from the disease, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today, calling for urgent action to stop the spread of the virus.

New bird flu outbreaks seen in poultry, but humans mostly spared: UN agency

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today warned that it expects to see new outbreaks of the deadly bird flu virus in poultry this year but only sporadic cases in humans, although it repeated calls for countries to come up with strategies to deal with a possible pandemic.