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The World in Medicine
February 18, 2004

Bird Flu Sparks Global Concern

JAMA. 2004;291(7):813. doi:10.1001/jama.291.7.813-a

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.