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WHO officials urge calm over bird flu

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 00:55

April 8 - WHO officials say the latest strain of bird flu should not cause public panic. Julie Noce reports.

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The World Health Organization is urging calm as officials in China attempt to contain the latest strain of bird flu- H7N9- that's killed six people so far. WHO representative Michael O'Leary. SOUNDBITE) (English) THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION'S REPRESENTATIVE TO CHINA MICHAEL O'LEARY, SAYING: "So this is not a time for over-reaction or panic or that sort of thing. These are a relatively small number of serious cases with personal health, medical implications but not at this stage known public health implications." At a poultry market in Hong Kong, tighter inspections are in place for all imported live poultry from mainland China. Staff clad in masks and protective gear are looking after the some 6,000 chickens that failed to sell last week due to the scare. There have been no cases of the bird flu in Hong Kong or southern China so far.

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WHO officials urge calm over bird flu

Monday, April 08, 2013 - 00:55