Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Bird Flu Underreported in Many Countries, U.N. Says

A number of countries in the throes of serious bird flu outbreaks are underreporting the extent of the problem, generally because they do not have the money, veterinary expertise or health systems to track the disease adequately in animals, international health officials said today.

“We think countries might be underreporting, but they do not do it deliberately,” said Christianne Bruschke, head of the bird flu task force at the World Organization for Animal Health, at the end of a two-day conference on the disease.

She specifically cited African nations as giving inadequate reports, as well as China and Indonesia — two vast countries battling extensive but poorly defined avian influenza problems.

Indonesia’s decentralized government system has made controlling the disease particularly difficult, experts from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said, allowing the virus to skip from one village to the next.

Source for avian influenza story

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