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WHO warns that avian flu could still be in the environment

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 19 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:426
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    The World Health Organization has cautioned countries where poultry flocks have been decimated by H5N1 avian influenza not to declare prematurely that the outbreak is over. An estimated 80 million birds have been culled, but the virus in poultry continues to spread in several areas, particularly in China.

    A leopard in a zoo in Central Thailand has died of H5N1 avian flu earlier this week, the first known case of infection in the cat family. Outbreaks of the virus have also been reported in eightThai provinces, where it was thought to have been eliminated, and there have been outbreaks reported in parts of China which were …

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