Bird flu poses no immediate threat to Europe, leading virologist claims

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 27 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:981
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Albert Osterhaus, the chairman of the European scientific working group on influenza, said this week that isolated outbreaks of avian influenza in western Europe did not “substantially increase the risk of a flu pandemic.”

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    Professor Albert Osterhaus said in 2003, “My suggestion to policy makers is: why don't you stockpile antivirals?'


    It was important not to confuse the threat posed by highly pathogenic avian flu with …

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