February 19, 2004, just-food.com:
Declaring avian influenza under control is premature the
World Health Organization warned Asian governments.
WHO’s Manila-based spokesman Peter Cordingley commented: "This
virus is still spreading, no matter what some authorities are saying
about it being under control. It is spreading on a daily basis."
Thailand and Vietnam, the two countries in which all the human
cases have been reported, have been talking about declaring victory
over the aggressive H5N1 virus in a matter of weeks, which Cordingley
said would be extremely dangerous, the National Post reported.
"If you restock too soon and the virus is still in the environment
and you get a second infection in a restocked flock, then you have
an endemic situation where the virus is embedded in the region and
risk a recurrence every flu season,” Cordingley said.
A four-year-old boy died in Thailand yesterday, the country’s
seventh human victim of the disease.