South East Asia sets up task force to tackle avian fluBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7471.876-c (Published 14 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:876
- Jane Parry
- Hong Kong
As outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of avian flu continue to occur in Thailand and Indonesia and the death toll has reached 31 people, agriculture ministers of the 10 member Association of South East Asian Nations have agreed to establish a task force to fight the spread of the disease.
The Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra, said his government aimed to eradicate avian flu by the end of October, before the onset of winter, but the World Health Organization has dismissed the target as unattainable.
“Although the Vietnamese authorities claim the country has gone 20 days without an outbreak, our view is that in Vietnam and Thailand the virus is there,” said Peter Cordingley, spokesman for the WHO's western Pacific region. “It may be …