WHO RE­SPONSE

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Bio Analysis - Source: http://www.who.int/me­di­a­cen­tre/fact­sheets/avian_in­fluenza/en/

WHO, in its ca­pac­ity for pro­vid­ing lead­er­ship on global health mat­ters, is mon­i­tor­ing avian and other zoonotic in­fluenza viruses closely through its Global In­fluenza Sur­veil­lance and Re­sponse Sys­tem (GISRS). Specif­i­cally, WHO, the World Or­gan­i­sa­tion for An­i­mal Health (OIE), and the Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO) col­lab­o­rate to track and as­sess the risk from avian and other zoonotic in­fluenza viruses of pub­lic health con­cern.

Based on risk assess­ment find­ings, WHO de­vel­ops and adjusts ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ven­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with its part­ners, in­clud­ing an­i­mal health agen­cies and na­tional vet­eri­nary au­thor­i­ties re­spon­si­ble for the con­trol and prevention of an­i­mal dis­eases, in­clud­ing in­fluenza. Up­dated find­ings of risk assess­ment and rec­om­men­da­tions on in­ter­ven­tions are com­mu­ni­cated timely with Mem­ber States to en­hance pre­pared­ness and re­sponse.

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