Bird flu a threat to southern Balkans, Caucasus region, warns UN agency

Despite successful efforts to contain the spread of the deadly H5N1 virus, avian flu poses a threat to a growing number of countries, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which says the Caucasus and southern Balkans are now considered “high-risk” areas.

Bird flu virus becoming endemic in parts of Asia – UN

Laboratory results show that a recent wave of bird flu in poultry in Thailand and Laos was the result of both old and new strains of the H5N1 virus, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said today, calling for vigorous implementation of control measures to prevent further spread of the disease.

Actor Jackie Chan stars in UN-backed TV announcement warning about deadly bird flu

World-famous actor and martial arts expert Jackie Chan stars in a United Nations-backed television public service announcement alerting children and their families around the world to the dangers of bird flu, which has killed more than 130 people worldwide and led to the deaths of 200 million birds.

Americas must prepare for bird flu, UN agencies and partners urge in new drive

Though no cases of avian flu or its H5N1 virus have been reported yet in birds or humans anywhere in the Americas, United Nations health agencies and other partners today launched a new preparedness campaign for the disease, which they say could reach the hemisphere at any time and possibly mutate into a human pandemic.

Bird flu will remain a threat for years to come, experts warn at UN special meeting

While bird flu has been successfully checked in Western Europe and much of Southeast Asia apart from Indonesia, it is still expanding in Africa and will remain a threat for years to come, with the number of countries affected doubling to 60 in just the two months from February to April, United Nations officials said today.

Risk of bird flu spreading in humans remains high – UN health agency

The risk of bird flu evolving into a more transmissible agent in humans remains high, based on the widespread distribution of the H5N1 virus in poultry and the continued exposure of humans, according to the United Nations health agency’s first analysis of epidemiological data on all cases reported to it from December 2003 to April 2006.

UN-backed bird flu meeting in Indonesia aims to avert outbreaks among humans

Aiming to avert new outbreaks of the deadly bird flu virus, experts gathered in Indonesia today – a main locus of the disease – at a United Nations-backed conference which seeks to develop strategies for preventing its spread to humans.

Human-to-human bird flu infection ruled out in latest Indonesian cases

The United Nations health agency today ruled out human-to-human transmission of bird flu in four Indonesian nurses tending patients with the disease, confirming that none of the nurses has the H5N1 virus and easing fears that it might already be acquiring the ability to spread more readily among humans.

Wild birds could spread avian flu, UN-backed conference is told

Migrating wild birds could continue to spread virus that causes avian influenza, according to some of the scientists who participated in a United Nations-sponsored international conference that concluded in Rome today.

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.