23 February 2004
BIRD FLU A DISASTER FOR POULTRY PRODUCTION, THREATENS GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY
Stephen M. Apatow, Director of Research and Development, Humanitarian Resource Institute
According to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Jacques Diouf (Bird flu "disaster" for poultry production: FAO official, Xinhua News Agency, 23 February 2003):
As noted in the WHO Avian Influenza - Fact Sheet,15 January 2004:
research has shown that viruses of low pathogenicity can, after circulation
for sometimes short periods in a poultry
Renowned AIDS specialist David Ho warned in Beijing Monday (Expert Warns of Serious Consequences If Bird, Human Flus Merge): that if H5N1 virus combines with the H5N2 human influenza virus to create a new H5N2 virus, that could trigger large-scale human-to-human transmissions.
Recent discussions regarding the genomic sequence of the SARS coronavirus, spread of West Nile Virus throughout North America and international spread of Avian influenza through bird migration patterns have prompted many questions.
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