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February 08, 2006

Urgent action on bird flu is needed now - FAO

From iol.co.za, a South African news source: Urgent action on bird flu is needed now.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on Wednesday called on authorities in Nigeria and neighbouring countries to take immediate action to prevent the spread of bird flu after Africa's first confirmed outbreak of the deadly H5N1 virus.

"The outbreak in Kaduna state in northern Nigeria proves that no country is risk-free and that we are facing a serious international crisis," said Samuel Jutzi, head of FAO's animal health division.

"If the situation in Nigeria gets out of control, it will have a devastating impact on the poultry population in the region, it will seriously damage the livelihoods of millions of people and it will increase the exposure of humans to the virus," he warned.

Posted by dymaxion at February 8, 2006 10:30 PM

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