UN agencies move to curb bird flu among both humans and animals

United Nations agencies moved on two fronts today to combat the threat of a bird flu pandemic, bringing forward the introduction of new public health provisions and providing wide-ranging guidelines for preventing the spread of the virus by people working closely with poultry such as farmers, sellers and even sporting bird owners.

No easy human-to-human transmission of bird flu yet found – UN health agency

Although human contagion cannot be ruled out in a family cluster of bird flu cases in Indonesia, the United Nations health agency has so far found no evidence that “efficient” human-to-human transmission has occurred, a development that would signal a potentially dangerous mutation of the virus into a deadly pandemic.

Bird flu likely to inflict ‘tremendous damage’ on poultry as longer-term threat – UN

Beyond the prospect of a human pandemic, the bird flu crisis is not only an immediate, short-term problem but is likely to be a continuing emergency that will last several years and inflict “tremendous damage” to bird populations, and domestic poultry in particular, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Annan names coordinator to prepare UN in case of human outbreak of bird flu

Aiming to shore up contingency plans for the operation of United Nations offices in New York in case of an international outbreak of bird flu among humans, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today named Imelda Henkin of the Netherlands as the world body’s new Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Coordinator.

UN bird flu coordinator stresses need for countries to plan for pandemic

The top United Nations coordinator for bird flu today stressed the importance of national plans for tackling a possible human pandemic of the disease, acknowledging that while the task is difficult and complex, the effects of a human-to-human outbreak would be so dramatic it would be “wrong” not to make coordinated preparations.