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November 04, 2005

WHO meeting make-or-break time

According to The Lancet, as reported by Reuters, next week's WHO meeting will be the make-or-break time for pandemic threat.

"The Geneva summit will be a make-or-break time for the human threat of H5N1 influenza," The Lancet medical journal said in an editorial.

Scientists cannot predict if or when the H5N1 bird flu that has killed more than 60 people in Asia will mutate into a human pandemic strain capable of infecting and killing millions of people.

The meeting from Nov 7-9 will attempt to produce an action plan and identify the technical and financial needs to combat the spread of the virus in birds and the threat to humans.

e showing real talent for holding meetings and announcing plans. Implementing those plans may be a little harder.

Posted by dymaxion at November 4, 2005 10:39 AM

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