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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.

UN health agency to send team to check on bird flu in Iraq

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today said it will send an expert team to Iraq to examine reports of a fatal case of avian influenza, or “bird flu,” in the war-ravaged country.

UN and Vietnamese Government launch countrywide bird flu media campaign

In a country that has had the highest number of human fatalities from bird flu, the United Nations and the Government of Viet Nam today launched a media campaign to educate the public on how to stop the spread of a disease that has killed 79 people worldwide and led to millions of chickens being slaughtered.