UN and animal health experts begin urgent meeting on 'bird flu' crisis

Two United Nations agencies joining forces with the World Animal Health Organization (OIE) today began an urgent expert meeting to discuss the outbreak of avian influenza, or "bird flu," and to draw up a coordinated response.

'Bird flu' could have spread among two humans, WHO reports

While seeking to avoid raising undue alarm, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that avian influenza, or “bird flu,” might have spread from a Vietnamese husband to his sister and wife earlier this year.

Bird flu: UN agency calls for mass cullings, international aid for compensation

With a highly contagious strain of bird flu erupting in Asia and fears that in a worst case scenario it could mutate into a deadly human-to-human infection, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for speedy mass killing of exposed birds and international aid to farmers hit by the measures.

Production of vaccine against bird flu could take months - UN official

The production of a vaccine against 'bird flu'- a new outbreak which so far has caused a number of deaths but is not spreading among people - could take several months, a senior United Nations health official said today.

UN agencies call for urgent funding to prevent bird flu becoming global threat

With the unprecedented spread of “bird flu” in Asia raising the spectre of a human pandemic and causing disaster for agricultural production, United Nations agencies today appealed to international donors to provide funds and technical assistance to help eliminate the global threat, including the mass killing of infected birds.

Human cases of ‘bird flu’ confirmed in south Viet Nam, UN health agency says

Two more human cases of avian influenza, or “bird flu,” have been confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam – the first to come from the country’s south, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has reported.

UN health agency concerned as two new human cases of 'bird flu' are confirmed

Increasingly concerned about an outbreak of avian influenza, or "bird flu," the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) reported today that Thailand has confirmed two human cases of the disease that has so far affected at least four countries in Asia.

UN health agency plans new fight against flu

The World Health Organization (WHO) today issued a rallying call to boost the fight against influenza, a potentially devastating disease that has been estimated to infect as many as 100 million people each year in the northern hemisphere alone.