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European centre plays down threat from avian influenza

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 20 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:922
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Stockholm

    The new centre responsible for assessing the risk from communicable diseases in the European Union tried this week to play down the fears sparked by the recent arrival of H5N1 avian influenza in Turkey and Romania.

    Zsuzsanna Jakab, the director of the Stockholm based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said, “Our opinion is [that] the risk to public health is very small, very limited, at present, except for those dealing directly …

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