Worried about the spread of avian influenza in Asia and the potential
for a human pandemic, United Nations agencies called on the international
community for funds and technical assistance to contain the threat
As of February 2, there had been 14 confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian
influenza in Thailand and Vietnam, including 11 deaths. A growing number of
Asian countries have confirmed the disease in poultry; and thousands of birds
have been slaughtered.
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