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January 26, 2006

WHO says Asian states too slow in reporting bird fluArmenian Medical Network

The regional director for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the Western Pacific has complained that Asian countries take too long to report some human cases of bird flu and this could hamper any efforts to contain a possible pandemic.

Shigeru Omi, one of WHO’s top officials says these countries need to improve their capacity to quickly detect and report cases of the H5N1 virus.

Omi says the window of opportunity for containment is very narrow, and means rapid containment measures must be carried out at least two to three weeks after detection of a potential pandemic event.

Posted by dymaxion at January 26, 2006 11:44 AM

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