World News

Document Type

World News

Publication Date

Fall 2005


The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (“FAO”) announced that there is an increased risk of the bird flu spread- ing to North Africa and East Africa. The FAO warns that East Africa in particular will have difficulties containing the flu. The close proximity between humans and animals in East Africa creates an ideal situation for spreading the flu to people. A number of African countries have already responded to predictions of avian flu. For instance, Congo-Brazzaville banned poultry imports. South Africa’s Department of Health placed an urgent request for the flu medicine Tamiflu to be approved for use in the country. Kenya has established a surveillance network of the health ministry, veterinarians, and the livestock ministry to monitor incidences of bird flu.