UN agriculture agency warns of re-emergence of bird flu viruses

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Two strains of the bird flu virus continue to pose serious threats to human and animal health, especially in view of the upcoming flu season.

The warning has come from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) about the threats of the H7N9 and H5N1 avian influenza viruses.

The agency continues to call for funds to bolster the global response to H7N9.

It urges countries to make key investments in improving markets and promoting healthy food systems to fight viruses affecting animals and people.

The FAO's Chief Veterinary Officer Juan Lubroth has said that the world is more prepared than ever to respond to bird flu viruses after a decade of work.

However, international experts have recommended vigilance and the promotion of targeted surveillance and market restructuring to fight H7N, H5N1 and other threats.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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