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Health agencies must better communicate bird flu risk, UN coordinator says

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7540.508-a (Published 02 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:508
  1. Nellie Bristol
  1. Washington, DC

    Global and local health agencies need to do a better job of communicating the risk of bird flu transmission and preventive methods, said David Nabarro this week. The senior United Nations' system coordinator for avian and human influenza was at a summit about bird flu in Washington, DC.

    “Are we communicating what we know about risks or what we know about the propensity of individual groups to reduce that risk—are we communicating that effectively?” Dr Nabarro asked. “Answer: absolutely not.” Changes in behaviour that alleviate risk are being practised by few of the people considered …

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