WHO Urges Bird Flu Protections for Humans
Sat Jul 17, 2004 07:34 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Outbreaks of a deadly bird flu in Asia require tough precautions against the emergence of a new virus strain that could sweep through the human population, the World Health Organization said.
Thailand, the world's fourth largest chicken exporter last year, has seen avian flu hit 15 of 76 provinces over the last two weeks. Since late last year, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia and Indonesia also have reported cases.
"While these outbreaks, thus far, remain restricted to poultry populations, they nevertheless increase the chances of virus transmission and human infection," WHO said in a statement issued late Friday.