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January 09, 2006

"Sub-optimal surveillance"

Via Yahoo News, Klaus Stoehr of WHO's influenza program observes that Bird flu cluster in Turkey points to surveillance problems. By comparison with H5N1 in Asia, the Turkish cases have emerged with explosive speed. Stoehr says:

"If we were dealing with a virus of a different characteristic, with higher transmissibility between humans, we would have first seen more cases among health care workers, among the playmates of these children, more cases in the village, than what we are seeing now.

"So it's more likely that the animal disease is more widespread than we anticipated than before ... the disease was detected among animals two months ago, and there has been apparently sub-optimal surveillance among animals ongoing for quite some time."

Posted by dymaxion at January 9, 2006 03:39 PM

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