More research on influenza done in developing countries

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Influenza is posing a public health challenge for poor and developing countries, according to a special theme issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization, published this month.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the theme issue is an important contribution to the debate on influenza.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization says an increasing amount of influenza research is being done in low and middle-income countries since the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009.

In the journal, scientists in China report that seasonal influenza kills more people in the country than previously thought.

Another article in the publication says that influenza causes severe illness in children younger than five years of age in a rural district of western Kenya.

In Australia and Indonesia, says the journal, researches are looking at ways to reduce the transmission of the bird flu virus in live animal markets in Indonesia.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.Duration: 50″

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