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FAO, USAID Urge Continued Surveillance, Action To Prevent Spread Of Avian Flu Viruses

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) “has issued a new warning to the international community that the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season,” an FAO news article reports. Noting “USAID support has enabled FAO to help countries at risk dramatically improve surveillance capacities,” the article adds, “FAO and USAID stress that more work is required.” The article continues, “In the short term this includes continued, targeted surveillance … throughout the [poultry] production and marketing system, contingency planning and compensation scheme development. … In the longer-term fight against H7N9 and other viruses, FAO and USAID are urging countries to invest in improving the way they market and sell poultry” (9/16).