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UPDATED: 17:41, December 16, 2005
UN expert on bird flu visits Cambodia
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The United Nation's expert warned here Friday that pandemic influenza could start anywhere in this world.

David Nabarro, the UN's coordinator on avian influenza, made the warning during his one-day visit to discuss the preparedness for avian influenza and a possible pandemic influenza outbreak.

"Not only the UN, but also Cambodia must be well prepared for the pandemic of the avian influenza," he said, adding "However, preparation in Cambodia is good compared with other countries. And that is a lesson learned that should be shared elsewhere."

Over the past 10 weeks, Nabarro visited Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, and now Cambodia. After this he will go to Indonesia and India for the same topic.

During his visit, David Nabarro will meet with senior government officials, donor representatives, the diplomatic corps and the NGO community. He will also visit the local market place.

The United Nations Country Team in Cambodia plans to mobilize resources to support the national response to contain any outbreaks of avian influenza and to prepare for a potential outbreak of human to human transmission.

The UN support would target Cambodia's needs for an immediate period of 6 to 18 months in the domains of animal and human health, communications and coordination, particularly, on the surveillance measures, he said.

The budget will also be allocated in conclusion of the compensation to the farmers whose birds are culled because of the disease, but not in cash, it will be in birds for the return, Nabarro added.

When asked how much the UN has donated to Cambodia so far, he said he could not elaborate at this stage.

The bird flu virus has killed more than 70 people through Asia since 2003. Cambodia has had four human deaths so far.

Source: Xinhua

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