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.

UN agency hails ‘landmark’ entry into force of global health regulations

The United Nations health agency announced the “landmark” entry into force today of a set of regulations aimed at making the world more secure from threats to global health, while minimizing disruption to travel, trade and economies.

UN-sponsored health assembly closes with agreements on flu control, medicines

The supreme decision-making body of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) wrapped up its annual session today, reaching last-minute agreements on pandemic influenza preparedness and access to medicines for the poor.

UN agency urges response to bird flu outbreaks in Bangladesh

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that the bird flu situation in Bangladesh remains serious and called for action to get it under control.

Despite fewer outbreaks this year, UN agency warns bird flu still threatens lives

Although there have been fewer outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that the disease continues to spread to new areas in countries where it has not been contained, threatening the lives of those working around poultry and hurting farm economies.

At UN meeting, officials review procedures in case of flu pandemic

Making a watchword of preparedness, officials from 30 countries today wrapped up a two-day United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) meeting in Paris where they reviewed responses to a potential outbreak of a new strain of influenza caused by bird flu.

Indonesia, UN reach accord on bird flu virus samples and vaccine access

Indonesia will immediately resume supplying the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) with viruses from its bird flu outbreak, a vital tool in tracking possible mutations into a deadly human pandemic and producing vaccines, while the agency will seek to ensure access for developing countries to any such commercially developed vaccines.

UN reports progress towards ensuring developing countries’ access to bird flu vaccine

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) today reported further progress towards ensuring access to vaccines for developing countries in the event of a human bird flu pandemic and other vaccine-related aspects of pandemic preparedness, including the building of up to half a dozen new production facilities.

UN-backed portable device could revolutionize bird flu detection

A $1,000 mobile testing device no bigger than a small portable television that could revolutionize the fight against bird flu and many other livestock diseases by saving vital time in identifying the source of outbreaks and so increase the chances of containing the spread figures high on the agenda of a five-day United Nations meeting starting today.