WHO put on ‘high alert’ for bird flu

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion has called on all coun­tries to closely mon­i­tor out­breaks of deadly bird flu in birds and poul­try, and to promptly re­port any hu­man cases that could sig­nal the start of a flu pan­demic. Dif­fer­ent strains of bird flu have been spread­ing across Europe and Asia since late last year, lead­ing to largescale slaugh­ter of poul­try in some coun­tries and oc­ca­sional hu­man deaths in China. Ex­perts fear the virus could mu­tate to spread more eas­ily among peo­ple. Nearly 40 coun­tries have re­ported new out­breaks of the highly path­o­genic bird flu in poul­try or wild birds since Novem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the WHO.

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