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International conference “mildly optimistic” about bird flu

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1099
  1. Paul Ress
  1. Geneva

    Contrasting, if not conflicting, assessments of the likelihood of a human avian influenza pandemic greeted 600 participants from more than 100 countries at the opening session of a major three day conference at the World Health Organization in Geneva on Monday.

    “I would say that the feeling was one of mild optimism,” declared the meeting's chair-woman, Louise Fresco, assistant director general of the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. “There have been success stories.”

    Asked whether he shared this mild optimism, David Nabarro, the senior United Nations' system coordinator for avian and human influenza, said that he was optimistic …

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