Vigilance crucial as influenza A(H1N1) virus continues to evolve – Ban

The United Nations has no plans to raise the global alert level on the influenza A(H1N1) virus to Phase 6 at this time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, while stressing the need for vigilance and preparedness as the outbreak continues to evolve.

No risk of getting influenza A(H1N1) virus through food, says UN health agency

There is no reason to be afraid of consuming pork or to cull any pigs, the United Nations health agency once again stressed today, despite the detection of the influenza A(H1N1) virus in a swine herd in Canada.

Preparedness vital as confirmed cases of influenza A(H1N1) increase – UN

The United Nations health agency today stressed the importance of preparedness for a possible global pandemic, as the number of laboratory confirmed cases of the influenza A(H1N1) infection topped 600 worldwide.

UN confirms rising number of influenza A(H1N1) infections in more countries

The United Nations health agency – the nerve centre for the global response to the recent outbreak of influenza A(H1N1) infections – today confirmed that over 300 people in almost a dozen countries have contracted the new flu strain.

UN pandemic alert still at Phase 5, as influenza A(H1N1) continues to spread

As it continued to intensively monitor the spread of the influenza A(H1N1) virus, the United Nations health agency today held its pandemic alert to Phase 5, put in place yesterday, and reiterated its call for heightened vigilance.

Nigeria: new bird flu strain detected, says UN agriculture agency

A new strain of avian flu never before reported in Africa has been identified in Nigeria, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today.

Avian influenza: situation improving but threat remains, UN expert says

Although some countries are facing continuing and significant outbreaks of bird flu, the situation in the rest of the world is improving because of major efforts by governments around the world, the United Nations System Influenza Coordinator said today.

Ducks and rice major factors in bird flu outbreaks, says UN agency

Ducks, rice and people – and not chickens – have emerged as the most significant factors in the spread of avian influenza in Thailand and Viet Nam, according to a study carried out by a group of experts from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and associated research centres.

Bird flu deeply entrenched in Indonesia, despite best efforts – UN agency

Despite major efforts to control the outbreak of avian influenza in Indonesia – the country worst hit by the virus – the situation there remains “grave,” the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today.

Commending India’s control of bird flu outbreak, UN says vigilance still needed

The recent, worst-ever outbreak of the highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Indian state of West Bengal seems to have been brought under control by the swift and comprehensive measures taken by the country’s authorities, though continued vigilance was crucial, the United Nations agricultural agency said today.