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Experts Unveil Bird-Flu Plan


9 November 2005 -- Delegates from more than 100 countries have agreed a blueprint for restricting the spread of bird flu and reacting swiftly to a possible human pandemic.

Delegates at a three-day conference in Geneva agreed today to a plan calling for greater veterinary surveillance to detect outbreaks and report them swiftly, preventative vaccination of poultry, culling of infected flocks, and compensation of farmers.

WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook said up to $1 billion will be needed over the next three years to help poor countries carry out the measures.

He added that $35 million will be needed over the next six months.

The H5N1 virus of bird flu has killed more than 64 people since 2003.

(dpa/AFP/Reuters)
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