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December 05, 2006

World Bank report calls for prompt bird flu payments to farmers

Via the International Herald Tribune, a blindingly self-evident insight: World Bank report calls for prompt bird flu payments to farmers. Excerpt:

Prompt, uniformly distributed payments to farmers whose birds are killed because of avian flu are needed to help battle the disease, according to a new World Bank-led report.

Since ravaging Asia's poultry in late 2003, the H5N1 virus has killed more than 150 people worldwide. While the virus still cannot move easily from human to human, experts feel a change could lead to a deadly flu pandemic.

Funds to pay farmers whose birds are culled could encourage early reports of the disease, according to the report by the World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

But this money must be available when the disease occurs, and governments must agree in advance on payment procedures, said the report.

Posted by dymaxion at December 5, 2006 10:58 PM

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