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Old 01-25-2017, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default WHO Issues Bird Flu Alert

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Old 01-25-2017, 07:21 PM   #2
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a new directive on the deadly avian virus, inviting countries around the world to monitor its outbreak and potential threats to human beings.

"The rapidly expanding geographical distribution of these outbreaks and the number of virus strains currently co-circulating have put WHO on high alert," WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said in Geneva.

Over the past few months, the highly contagious H5N8 virus has been reported in at least 40 countries. Scientists have raised concerns that bird flu strains could mutate to be transmitted in humans.

Chan also mentioned that following the rather “mild” pandemic of the H1N1 virus in 2009-2010, more preparation is underway globally for the next influenza pandemic.
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I think the concern IS both the increased geographic range as well as number of circulating strains more than an actual: "OMG! 11 people have contracted H7N5 & there may have been H-H transmission!"

There are simply more ingredients in a bigger soup pot right now.
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It does seem like a lot of strains are hitting birds and other animals in a lot of countries all at once. I assume this makes the odds of a strain jumping to humans higher.
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Statistically; probably. I think the WHO simply wants countries paying attention & when in doubt - testing.
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http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-persp...n-warns-threat
China's surge of H7N9 avian influenza cases is growing, with 111 cases already reported in the first half of January, topping December's sudden and steep rise and prompting a global call from the World Health Organization's (WHO's) top official to keep a close watch on outbreaks in birds and to report human cases promptly.

In a speech today before the WHO executive board, Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, said the world is better prepared for the next influenza pandemic, "but not at all well enough." The WHO is on high alert because of the rapidly expanding scope of the outbreaks and the number of strains, such as highly pathogenic H5N8 and H5N6, that are co-circulating, she said.
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Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic

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ReutersJanuary 26, 2017

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CDC Issues Travel Warning
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That's a fair number of cases, (for H7N9), since September - especially for a strain that's not that easily transmitted to humans or between humans. Certainly bears watching & taking extra precautions.

BTW - anyone know how much of the WHO's budget comes from the US... & might any part of that be threatened right now? This is an area of international co-operation where I'd hate to see ill conceived budget cuts. Although I'd love to see some sort of audit process that makes SURE funds are being spent appropriately.
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The link below is to the table for the " assessed contributions payable by Member States and Associate Members 2017" which is basically the dues to be paid to the WHO to be part of it based on population and wealth.

The US has by far the largest assesses contribution billed, at $113 million. 2nd and 3rd place are Japan and China at $44 million and $37 million respectively. Total billed assesments for all members is ~$478 million, so the US portion is roughly a quarter.


This does not factor in donations from member states or partners, only there assessed contributions. Still looking for that.

http://www.who.int/about/finances-ac...mmary.pdf?ua=1
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