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Statement, Year 2006 - Statement, World Health Organization, No. 3: Avian Influenza in Africa Statement by the Director-General of the World Health Organization

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Title: Statement, Year 2006 - Statement, World Health Organization, No. 3: Avian Influenza in Africa Statement by the Director-General of the World Health Organization  
Author: World Health Organization
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Language: English
Subject: Health., Public health, Wellness programs
Collections: Medical Library Collection, World Health Collection
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Organization, W. H. (n.d.). Statement, Year 2006 - Statement, World Health Organization, No. 3. Retrieved from http://hawaiilibrary.net/


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The confirmation of H5N1 avian influenza in poultry in Africa is a cause for great concern and demands immediate action. This is the first reported incidence of this highly pathogenic virus on the continent, where people are already enduring the HIVIAIDS pandemic and other serious infectious diseases. The H5N1 virus now confirmed in Nigeria poses a risk to human health and livelihood. The single most important public health priority at this stage is to warn people about the dangers of close contact with sick or dead birds infected with H5N1. The vast majority of all human cases and deaths from H5N1 have occurred in previously healthy children and young adults. Experience in Asian countries and most recently in Turkey underscores the fact that immediate, clear public information is critical to help protect human health. Slaughtering, defeathering or butchering infected, sick or dead birds can put people at risk. The home slaughter and consumption of birds which appear to be sick is high-risk behaviour. Ideally, people culling and disposing of birds should have protective equipment

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