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The OIE launches an appeal

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:45 am
by vet
Source: The avian influenza virus strain that appeared in South-East Asia about two years ago is currently circulating endemically in several Asian countries that lack the tools and resources needed to implement the appropriate eradication measures. The virus has now arrived in Russia, in Eastern Europe, and is also threatening Africa, the Middle East and Western Europe. It has already been responsible for the death of millions of birds and caused over a hundred human cases of infection in Asia. The virus rarely occurs in commercial farms, which now know how to protect themselves. Its favourite targets are to be found in villages, in family-run backyard poultry flocks, often those that come into contact with potentially infected wild aquatic birds. Faced with this situation, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is issuing a fresh reminder of the urgent need to take into account the control of the disease at its animal source, so as to prevent a potential human pandemic. In the words of Dr Bernard Vallat, Director General of the OIE, "nobody can calculate the mathematical probability of a human pandemic occurring, but we know that the probability of it happening is correlated to the quantity of virus circulating in animals throughout the world"