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UN appoints official to combat threat from avian flu

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7520.796-a (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:796
  1. Paul Ress
  1. Geneva

    The United Nations has given David Nabarro, representative of the director general for health action in crises at the World Health Organization, the job of combating the growing global threat of avian influenza.

    Immediately after the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, appointed him coordinator of the UN system last week, Dr Nabarro said: “We expect the next great influenza pandemic to come at any time now.”

    WHO has warned that the H5N1 avian flu virus could mutate into a …

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