World must confront possible flu pandemic, UN health chief warns

The head of the United Nations health agency today warned the world’s leading industrial countries that the international community must guard against any shortfalls in its campaign to confront a potential flu pandemic.

Bird flu: UN agency sends team to Sudan to investigate suspected human case

A team of United Nations bird flu experts arrived in Sudan today at the request of the Government to investigate a suspected human case which, if confirmed, would make Africa's largest country the second on the continent after Egypt to report human infection with the feared and often deadly H5N1 virus.

UN co-sponsors multi-partner network to respond to tourism aspects of bird flu

The United Nations tourism agency today announced a multi-partner initiative to respond to bird flu and prepare for a possible human pandemic that could wreak havoc on an industry that was worth $622 billion in 2004, hosted more than 763 million travellers and is projected to expand at an annual rate of nearly 6 per cent.

Massive wetlands restoration key to slashing future threats of bird flu – UN report

Restoring tens of thousands of lost and degraded wetlands around the world could go a long way towards reducing the threat of bird flu pandemics by keeping disease-carrying wild birds away from infecting domestic poultry, according to a United Nations report released today.

On poultry farms, battle against bird flu showing some success, UN agency says

Although bird flu outbreaks continue in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Near East, with its arrival confirmed in 45 countries, efforts to combat the disease on poultry farms are slowly proving successful, the United Nations agricultural aid agency said today.