Indonesian man succumbs to bird flu infection, reports UN health agency

A 47-year-old man from Indonesia’s Banten province on the western tip of the island of Java has become the latest human fatality from avian influenza, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

Fresh outbreak of bird flu claims two lives in Pakistan, says UN agency

At least two Pakistanis have died in a fresh outbreak of avian influenza close to the country’s “poultry belt,” the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

Vigilance against bird flu must not wane, UN agriculture agency warns

The United Nations agriculture agency warned today that continued vigilance is needed to avert a global pandemic of avian influenza as Chinese health officials reported a new case of fatal infection in a human.

Countries must maintain vigilance in fight against bird flu, says new UN report

Despite significant advances to deal with the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu in the past two years, countries must maintain their vigilance and cooperate in the face of a possible pandemic, according to a joint United Nations and World Bank report.

UN official stresses need for preparedness for potential flu pandemic

Warning that the H5N1 virus responsible for bird flu could still transform itself into the next human influenza pandemic, a senior United Nations specialist has stressed the need to ensure that the world can respond promptly and effectively in the case of an outbreak.

UN health agency projects dramatic expansion of flu vaccine stocks

The projected supply of influenza vaccines in case of a global pandemic has soared this year, but medical officials should accelerate rather than relax their efforts to prepare for an outbreak, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned today.

UN studies use of space technology in fight against the spread of bird flu

The United Nations is taking steps to promote the application of space technology to help Asian-Pacific countries fight bird flu, drawing on its potential as part of an integrated early-warning system to track the virus’s path in a region that has suffered by far the largest share of both human and avian infections in the world.

UN helps Indonesia set up rapid response teams to control spread of bird flu

Without involving rural communities in the fight against bird flu, Indonesia will not be able to control the highly contagious disease, which has ravaged millions of poultry and already killed more humans in the archipelago than anywhere else in the world, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Bird flu virus still a serious threat, despite improved response, UN warns

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that although the global response to the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus has significantly improved over the past few years, the virus remains entrenched in several countries and will continue to spread.

West Africa: UN holds workshop on avian flu preparations

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is holding a three-day workshop this week in Bamako, Mali, to prepare humanitarian relief providers for an avian influenza pandemic.