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Educate small holders to contain bird flu, say experts

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:130
  1. Jane Parry
  1. Hong Kong

    Farmers in South East Asia will have to radically change the way they house, rear, and slaughter poultry to combat the risk to human and animal health caused by the outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza, say experts. With concerted and coordinated action in the region, especially among small scale and backyard farmers, there still remained a window of opportunity to bring the avian flu situation under control, said health and agriculture specialists attending an international conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    The conference included representatives from the World Health Organization, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health. Their aim was to formulate a workable plan to help affected countries tackle H5N1 avian influenza, which has so far infected at least 108 people in South East Asia, killing 54 and raising the spectre of a global pandemic.

    A priority of the agreed plan was the need to educate smallholders and their families about how to reduce risk in their farming practices by segregating different species, such …

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