The new wave of Avian Influenza outbreaks in Vietnam and Thailand clearly shows that the avian virus remains endemic in Asia and that affected countries need to do more to keep it under control, FAO and the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) said today in a joint statement. Recent experience shows that it may be impossible to eradicate the virus soon. “The disease will be present for several years in the countries that experienced outbreaks during 2004”, the two agencies said.
“Avian Influenza is an on-going emergency disease that spreads across borders. It has serious implications for the public and animal health sector in the affected countries,” FAO/OIE said. Read more